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The European Court of Auditors says that the Framework Programme 7 grant-awarding process, the main way that the European Union funds scientists, is overly bureaucratic, ScienceInsider reports. The program is to end this year.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

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