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The US Senate voted to nix restrictions on the military's biofuels program last week, ScienceInsider reports. Earlier this year, the Senate Armed Services Committee adopted amendments to prevent the military from purchasing alternative fuels like biofuels if they cost more than petroleum-based fuel and from building biofuel refineries.

Biofuels do typically cost more than conventional fuels, but the Department of Defense has said that its focus on biofuels is "not economic." In addition, in a letter from over the summer, retired military officials argued that reducing reliance on fossil fuels is vital to national security.

For this recent vote, Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said, according to ScienceInsider, that while biofuel prices are high now, they will fall, and they "will continue to drop if we keep making smart investments in smart technologies."

The Scan

Steps for Quick Review

The US Food and Drug Administration is preparing for the quick review of drugs and vaccines for the Omicron variant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Moving Away From Using Term 'Race'

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Point of the Program

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Science Papers Present Multi-Omic Analysis of Lung Cells, Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Proliferation

In Science this week: a multi-omic analysis of lung cells focuses on RIT1-regulated pathways, and more.