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Brace Yourselves

Despite a new Congressional measure to boost science funding in the US, funding could actually be in trouble if the incoming Republican majority gets its way, says New Scientist's David Shiga. In the waning days of the lame-duck session, Congress passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act to boost science funding over the next three years, but Republicans have been calling for cuts to the budget, and experts say science is on the chopping block, Shiga adds.

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.