Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote


Leroy Hood, the head of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, violated a conflict of interest rule when he reviewed a friend's California Institute for Regenerative Medicine grant application, the Nature News Blog reports. Hood and the applicant, Stanford University's Irv Weissman, own vacation property together.

CIRM disclosed the conflict in a letter to the California legislature leadership, the California Stem Cell Report blog adds. The letter notes that Hood had not previously been part of the agency's grant review process and was not aware of its conflict policy regarding personal relationships. CIRM adds that Hood "agreed that there was a conflict of interest that he had overlooked."

The grant, a $24 million proposal for a genomics data center and research projects, was not funded, the Nature News Blog adds.

This, CIRM spokesman Kevin McCormack tells the California Stem Cell Report blog was "clearly a case of a new reviewer making an innocent error."

The Scan

RNA Editing in Octopuses Seems to Help Acclimation to Shifts in Water Temperature

A paper in Cell reports that octopuses use RNA editing to help them adjust to different water temperatures.

Topical Compound to Block EGFR Inhibitors May Ease Skin Toxicities, Study Finds

A topical treatment described in Science Translational Medicine may limit skin toxicities seen with EGFR inhibitor therapy.

Dozen Genetic Loci Linked to Preeclampsia Risk in New GWAS

An analysis of genome-wide association study data in JAMA Cardiology finds genetic loci linked to preeclampsia that have ties to blood pressure.

Cancer Survival Linked to Mutational Burden in Pan-Cancer Analysis

A pan-cancer paper appearing in JCO Precision Oncology suggests tumor mutation patterns provide clues for predicting cancer survival that are independent of other prognostic factors.