A duo from the University of Queensland and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has conducted a survey to gauge the costs and benefits of grant writing. As the two report in PLOS One, they asked 113 astronomers and 82 psychologists seeking support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation about their grant-writing history.

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The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

In PLOS this week: similar variants seen in bullbogs, people with Robinow syndrome; ApoE genotypes in African-American, Puerto Rican populations; and more.