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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Cancer Chief Fires Back
1 July 2009 11:10 am
John Niederhuber, the director of the National Cancer Institute, is not a fan of Sunday’s front-page article in The New York Times that harshly critiques how cancer research is funded. The story, whose title, “Grant System Leads Cancer Researchers to Play It Safe,” leaves little to the imagination and prompted a flood of mostly supportive comments from frustrated scientists who say the peer review system isn’t backing the most innovative research.
Niederhuber says this couldn’t be farther from the truth. In a lengthy rebuttal in the June 30 NCI Cancer Bulletin, he wrote that he was “disappointed in the Times story,” and gave several examples of NCI’s creativity—including its cancer genome project and planned physical science-oncology centers.