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They Paid for My Kids' College Tuition, So?

In Science Progress, Michael Werner and Ari Stern discuss financial conflicts of interest in medical research. Lately, they say there's been a focus on disclosing possible conflicts of interest but they point out that more data is needed to know what sort of relationship between industry and academic research leads to compromised work. "While finding a way to handle conflicts in a manner that preserves research integrity and maintains the pubic trust is critical, few universalizable standards have emerged from the ongoing debate," they write.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.