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The NIH Wants Your Two Cents

The Drugmonkey blog is calling upon readers to make their voices heard by responding to the NIH's recently posted "Request for Information" which seeks opinions and "creative suggestions" regarding its support of biomedical and behavioral research. The request, which is open to anyone from researchers to Joe Average taxpayers, asks respondents to describe specific problems with the two-tiered peer review process and the current array of grant mechanisms, and provide possible solutions, even if they involve (gasp) "a radical change to the current approach."

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.