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"Running Out of Patience"

Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is continuing his investigation into ghostwritten scientific papers and is, as the New York Times reports, "running out of patience." Last week, Grassley sent a letter to then-acting director of the National Institutes of Health, Raynard Kington, asking about NIH's policies regarding ghostwriting and NIH researchers and grantees. (The Times has a PDF of the letter here.) An NIH representative said that researchers' employers are responsible for regulating ethics policies. According to the Times, "many universities have been slow to react to evidence about the extent of the practice."

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.