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Peer reviewers resign from Texas cancer institute

This week, the scientific review committee of a state-funded initiative for cancer research resigned over concerns about peer review. The move follows a series of troubles at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) that began earlier this year, when CPRIT leaders approved an $18-million grant that did not go through peer review and awards of peer-reviewed grants were delayed. CPRIT’s chief scientific officer, Nobel Laureate Alfred  Gilman announced his resignation in protest in May, and CPRIT executives vowed to implement changes ensuring the integrity of its grant procedures. (See Nature’s Grant review opens up Texas-sized rift) 


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