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The NIH Open Access Policy Turns One

The NIH open access policy has reached its first birthday and Gavin Baker, assistant editor of Open Access News, has a guest blog at Science Progress to discuss it. Since the policy went into effect, Baker says that PubMed submissions were never lower than 2,500 a month, as compared to 1,500 in December 2007. He also says that Elsevier, which opposes the policy, had an 11 percent increase in profits during 2008. Baker weighs in as well on the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act proposed by Rep. John Conyer (D-MI), pointing out that open access advocates such as Harold Varmus are well-placed in the Obama administration.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.