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Ah, the Smell of Frying Bacon

The Massachusetts legislature is preparing its $1 billion life science bill that is supposed to reignite the state's biotech sector, but the bill is now laden with earmarks, reports the Boston Globe. Those include $49.5 million for a science center at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, a school without a science graduate program; $12.6 million for a highway; and $12.9 million for a sewage treatment plant. Keith Robison says that Governor Deval Patrick is to blame for the mess this bill has become. "Everyone feels that anyone closer to Boston is getting a better deal than they are. So a biotech bill likely to favor the apparently favored was going to have a hard time without a bit of bacon fat to grease the skids."

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.