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Biofuels Go Public

Biofuel company Amyris has filed a $100 million initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission, reports MIT's Technology Review. The company, which is based in California, uses genetically engineered yeast to turn sugarcane to diesel, Technology Review says. According to Chemical and Engineering News, the company is focusing on "convert[ing] farnesene into diesel fuel and materials for detergents, cosmetics, perfumes, and lubricants."

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.