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Not So Successful

NIH grant success rates have dropped to an "all-time low" in 2011, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. An early estimate from the NIH Office of Extramural Research puts the success rate at 17.4 percent for the 2011 fiscal year, which ended September 30, Kaiser says. Sally Rockey, the head of the OER, confirmed the number, but tells Kaiser that it might go up a bit after her staff finishes analyzing all the data. The success rates peaked at 32 percent when the NIH budget was doubled from 1999 to 2003. This is the first time it has dipped below 20 percent, Kaiser says, and adds that this "historic low" reflects the 1 percent budget cut NIH received in 2011, which was only the agency's second reduction since 1970.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.