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The fourth version of Jonathan Eisen's "Overselling Genomics Award" goes to the University of Western Ontario for a press release announcing that new honeybee research by Graham Thompson proves that selfish genes are not just theoretical. The paper cited describes four QTLs associated with worker bee sterility, an altruistic behavior.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.