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Sandra Porter has a couple of posts at Discovering Biology in a Digital World about the concept of citizen science, which she says "is making it possible for people to participate and monitor the health of their communities." Having regular people feel more connected to science could have a lot of community benefit, she adds.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

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