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AIDS Researchers Blast NIH Peer Review Plan

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Science  24 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5436, pp. 2047
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5436.2047a

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A scheme to overhaul peer review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is drawing intense fire from the AIDS community. Complaints from patient activists and scientists have been piling up for the past 2 weeks at NIH's Center for Scientific Review, which is considering recommendations from a panel headed by Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences, to reshuffle the groups that rank grant applications (Science, 30 July, p. 666).