Roundup 4/8: Weeding Stuff Out Edition

Have genetically engineered crops increased the personal well-being of farmers? Find out on Tuesday when the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council releases what it's billing as the "first comprehensive assessment" of the environmental, economic, and social impacts of genetically engineered crops on U.S. farms.

The success rate among researchers seeking grants from the National Institutes of Health could fall sharply, unless a trend in the president's budget is reversed, says the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). In a detailed analysis released yesterday, FASEB argues that Congress should boost NIH's budget to $37 billion, up from $36.4 billion this year, including stimulus funds.

A Boston company has pleaded guilty to withholding safety information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on its implantable defibrillators, and will pay almost $300 million in damages and penalties.