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At Feedback Loop, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences' Jeremy Berg describes how funding decisions are made there. He notes that those decisions are made at paylist meetings rather than at advisory council or study section meetings. Each unit of NIGMS — there are five — has its own paylist meeting that is attended by the program directors.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.

A large genetic study finds SARS-CoV-2 viruses with a certain variant are spreading more than others, according to the Washington Post.

In Nature this week: sister-chromatid-sensitive chromosome conformation capture approach, and more.