John Niederhuber, the director of the National Cancer Institute, responds to the recent criticism on how cancer-related grants are doled out — the New York Times' Gina Kolata said that it leads to researchers avoiding risky projects that she thinks may have better payoffs.
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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.
The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.
CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.
In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.