Oversight

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.

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