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Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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Funding for Texas Cancer Research Agency in Limbo
15 January 2013 2:55 pm
Texas legislators are threatening to cut off funding for the state's troubled $3 billion cancer research agency unless the organization can resolve problems with how it awards money.
Initial spending bills introduced by the state legislature's House of Representatives and Senate contain no new grant funds for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the Houston Chronicle reports today. "I felt strongly we should stop the process to make any necessary changes," said Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst about the Senate bill, according to the Chronicle.
Last fall, CPRIT's chief scientific officer and many of its outside scientific reviewers resigned to protest what they saw as a failure to conduct proper peer review. The Texas attorney general and others are also investigating a $11 million commercialization grant that was approved without formal review. In December, the agency agreed to a moratorium on new grants.
A CPRIT official suggested that the legislature may yet approve the $600 million the agency needs for the next 2 years. "We have until May to show the legislature we will carry out its wishes the way they want them carried out," Wayne Roberts, CPRIT's interim executive director, told the Chronicle. "Those bills show the legislature's concern, their need for assurance that this agency has proper controls in place to ensure money is allocated appropriately."