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For the Risk Takers

The US National Institutes of Health has granted 81 awards under its High Risk-High Reward program, the agency says. "The Common Fund High Risk-High Reward program provides opportunities for innovative investigators in any area of health research to take risks when the potential impact in biomedical and behavioral science is high," says NIH Director Francis Collins in a statement.

Among this winners of this year's NIH Director's Pioneer award, which is open to investigators at all career stages, are Edward Marcotte from the University of Texas, Austin, Stanford University's Christina Smolke, and Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute.

This year's New Innovator awards went to 51 researchers including the University of Washington's Elhanan Borenstein, Andrew Goodman at Yale University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Anne Schaefer, and Pennsylvania State University's Siyang Zheng, among others.

Finally, the recipients of the NIH Director's Transformative Research Projects awards, which promote interdisciplinary research, include the Broad's David Altshuler, Harvard's Chad Cowan, Thomas Tuschl at Rockefeller University, Uwe Ohler at Duke University, and Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research's Dinshaw Patel.

The Scan

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.