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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. I don't yet see where anything in the available data predicts that original, unrevised grant applications are going to have better success," blogs DrugMonkey.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.