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Bye-bye Budget

Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper proposed a new budget yesterday with the aim of staving off the recession. The package, though, will reduce funding for Canadian science and sparked some worries that Canadian scientists will head to the United States. "That’s one of our worries," Claire Morris, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, says. According to Science Insider, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council will see their collective budget decrease by $113 million over the next three years.

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.