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While some politicians say too much money is being spent on scientific research, others say scientific innovation will be what brings the world out of the deep recession it's currently wallowing in. However, says University of Alberta professor Timothy Caulfield in an opinion column for The Scientist, the push to commercialize may be damaging to the scientific process.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

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