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Unsuccessful Grant-Seekers Need Not Apply ... Ever Again

To cut down on the number of proposals going through peer-review, the UK's main engineering and physical sciences funding agency, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, announced that they will ban "repeatedly unsuccessful applicants" from submitting new applications, reports Science Insider. The ban will last one year, unless the researcher is invited to apply, and is expected to affect 200 to 250 people who have had three or more proposals in the past two years that were ranked in the bottom half of applications and who have a personal funding success rate lower than 25 percent. This shift in policy incensed some researchers who call it "blacklisting" and "scientific McCarthyism." An online petition to urge the repeal of this policy has gathered 887 signatories.

The Scan

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.

Machine Learning Improves Diagnostic Accuracy of Breast Cancer MRI, Study Shows

Combining machine learning with radiologists' interpretations further increased the diagnostic accuracy of MRIs for breast cancer, a Science Translational Medicine paper finds.

Genome Damage in Neurons Triggers Alzheimer's-Linked Inflammation

Neurons harboring increased DNA double-strand breaks activate microglia to lead to neuroinflammation like that seen in Alzheimer's disease, a new Science Advances study finds.

Long COVID-19 Susceptibility Clues Contained in Blood Plasma Proteome

A longitudinal study in eBioMedicine found weeks-long blood plasma proteome shifts after SARS-CoV-2 infection, along with proteomic signatures that appeared to coincide with long Covid risk.