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The Atlantic's Megan McArdle says that academic tenure's heyday has passed — the practice is now too costly and "transparently self-serving," she writes. McArdle also suggests that the practice stifles diversity and innovation rather than enhancing it. "The best you can say of the system is that it preserves a sort of continuity in schools that is desirable for the purposes of cultivating alumni donations," she writes.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.