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Biohazard Warning

A new report about a planned government bio-lab shows there is a high chance that an animal disease could escape, reports the Washington Post's Rob Stein. The Department of Homeland Security plans to build the lab — called the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility — in Manhattan, Kansas, to study animal diseases, including foot-and-mouth disease, which is "highly contagious," Stein says. A DHS assessment found that there is nearly a 70 percent chance that a disease could escape the lab in the 50 years it is slated to operate, but a new report from the National Research Council has found that the risks could be "significantly higher," Stein says.

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.