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So Much on Its Plate

The Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship reminds us all that there might be some re-organization going on at NIH. The Scientific Management Review Board, selected by Elias Zerhouni before his resignation last October, met to ponder the possibility that the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse should merge, and also whether the structure of intramural research at NIH, including the clinical center, should be reviewed.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.