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Your Grant is Rejected Because of its 'Weak Plot'

In a satirical post, blogger Namnezia at Take it to the Bridge says that the NIH has unveiled a simplified scoring system "in response to complaints that their new scoring system is too hard to interpret." Beginning in the first review cycle of 2011, Namnezia jokes, reviewers will use this "form to check off the reasons for rejecting a grant application," which include, among other things, "no strong dramatic situations," "weak plot," and "not humorous." (The form Namenezia's posted is, in fact, an old manuscript rejection slip from the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, which operated in Chicago until 1925.) The blogger adds that "the reasons for rejection seem very similar to comments I have received in my grant reviews," she says.

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.