Hallmarks of Pluripotency|
The authors describe functional and molecular hallmarks of pluripotent stem cells, propose a checklist for their evaluation, and illustrate how forensic genomics can validate their provenance. [Nature] Full Article
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New U.S. Board Proposed to Tackle Regulatory Burden on Research Universities|
The best way to ease the regulatory burden on U.S. academic researchers is to create another layer of bureaucracy. That surprising conclusion is the top recommendation in a report by a National Academies committee that Congress asked to examine the current regulatory jungle confronting universities that receive federal research dollars. [ScienceInsider] Editorial
Cardiologist to Head Extramural Research at NIH
A cardiovascular epidemiologist and research administrator is taking the helm of the office that oversees policies for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) $25 billion a year in research grants and contracts. Michael Lauer, who has been with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute since 2007, will become NIH deputy director for extramural research in a few weeks. [ScienceInsider] Editorial