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DrugMonkey goes into a bit more detail about the new NIH grant application policy that limits applicants to one amendment (currently applications are limited to two amendments, as established in 1996). The blogger wades through some data and is still at a loss to understand how a new limit will "ensure earlier funding of high-quality applications and improve efficiencies in the peer review system" as the NIH press release says. "So I'm still at a loss.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.