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NIH Guidelines and Videos! Oh My

NIH has new guidelines up, reports the blogger at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship. There are guidelines aimed at study section reviewers and chairs as well as for specific types of awards. She also adds that there are newly expanded training videos up that discuss upcoming peer review enhancements and what reviewers need to know. According to one of the videos, the new scoring system will be on a nine-point scale, with one being the best, and will be used for overall impact/priority and for individual review criteria.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.