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Michael White at Adaptive Complexity weighs in on NIH being risk-adverse in awarding its grants. It's not a new phenomenon, he says, but it means that more and more grants go to senior investigators and conservative projects at the loss of younger researcher and riskier work.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.