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Call It Crowdsourced Science

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. "I'm sure we'd have fewer people believing silly things on Fox news if they were doing experiments and looking at the world outside instead of listening to ideological nonsense on TV." She also encourages organizations like the Joint Genome Institute to encourage community participation in its larger programs to help get more people involved and to get to the end goal faster.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.