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National Institutes of Health grants are being trimmed about 1 percent, ScienceInsider notes. This reduction is due to the about 1 percent reduction in NIH's overall budget for 2011, as compared to 2010. In a notice, NIH says that "modular and non-modular research grants, from all ICs [institutes and centers], with the single exception of NCI, will be reduced to 1 percent below the FY 2010 award level. Inflationary adjustments for recurring costs on non-competing research grants in FY 2012 and beyond will be set at the 2 percent level." NCI grants will be cut more steeply — by 3 percent. Our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News adds that the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology estimates that, excluding stimulus funded-grants, NIH is funding 2,000 fewer grants than it did in 2004.

The Scan

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.

Circulating Tumor DNA Shows Potential as Biomarker in Rare Childhood Cancer

A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has found that circulating tumor DNA levels in rhabdomyosarcoma may serve as a biomarker for prognosis.

Study Recommends Cancer Screening for Dogs Beginning Age Seven, Depending on Breed

PetDx researchers report in PLOS One that annual cancer screening for dogs should begin by age seven.

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.