Scores and Output

At the NIGMS Feedback Loop, Jeremy Berg shares his analysis of whether peer review scores predict scientific output, and he finds that they do. Berg looked at 789 R01 grants that NIGMS funded during fiscal year 2006, linked those grants to 6,554 publications from fiscal years 2007 through 2010, and noted that those publications had been cited 79,295 times, as of this April.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

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