The US National Institutes of Health is considering a plan to focus more on grants that support individual researchers rather than research projects, Nature News reports.

On a smaller scale, the agency has tried this through its Pioneer Awards that support high-risk, high-reward work of individual researchers by giving them an average of $500,000 per year for five years.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.