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Too Busy to Look at Your Grant Application

On AC360 last night, CNN reported that six employees at the National Science Foundation, one of them a senior official, have been accused of downloading, looking at, saving, or sharing pornographic videos at work. The senior official, who quit when he learned he was going to be fired, also allegedly participated in pornographic chats on government time. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has calculated that the value of the time lost is more than $58,000 and he wonders what the oversight at NSF is like.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.