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Are You Up With All the Big Papers of the Year?

The Scientist has come up with a list of the top five hottest papers of 2009. Drawing on information from ScienceWatch and ISI, it reports that the top two topics of the year were stem cells and, no surprise to us here, genomics. The second-to-top paper is the Frazer et al Nature paper on the latest HapMap. And coming in first is the Yamanaka group's work on inducing pluripotent stem cells.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.