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Look at the Science

When reviewers focus on the science described in a grant proposal rather than the CV, female researchers do just as well as their male colleagues, Nature News reports.

It adds that researchers led by Holly Witteman from Laval University took advantage of a situation in which the Canadian Institutes of Health Research eliminated its traditional review process to start two new grant programs: one that evaluated the application and one that evaluated the applicant. As the researchers report in a preprint appearing at BioRxiv, they analyzed 23,918 grant applications from 7,093 applicants to find an overall funding success rate of 15.8 percent.

After adjusting for age and specific field, the researchers also found that male applicants did 0.9 percent better than their female colleagues under the traditional review process. Similarly, there was a 0.9 percent difference in the new review program that focused on evaluating the science. But, the new program in which the review focused on the applicant had a 4 percent gap in favor of the male applicants.

"That's a significant difference," Witteman tells Nature News. She notes, though, that the study was not randomized and that she and her colleagues didn't have access to data like the applicants' publication records to see if those differed.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.