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Launching an independent research career can be tough, especially during challenging budget times. At the Rock Talk Blog, Sally Rockey, the deputy director for extramural research at the US National Institutes of Health, notes that the average age for new investigators — researchers who haven't received a major independent research award — is 42 for PhDs and 44 for MDs or MD/PhDs.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.