Stop the NCATS Search

Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT) says the National Institutes of Health should not yet be searching for a director for the proposed National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, reports ScienceInsider. Rehberg chairs the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Health and Human Services budget.

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Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

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