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Blogger Michael White reminds everyone that Francis Crick began his postdoc at age 37. Crick then worked on using X-ray crystallography to examine ribonuclease and, as Horace Freeland Judson writes in The Eighth Day of Creation, it was dull, low-paying work that made Crick miserable. "The academic science career path is an exercise in endurance.

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Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.

A new analysis suggests the B.1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2 could be deadlier than previous ones, according to the Guardian.

NPR reports Merck is halting the development of its two candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccines following disappointing Phase 1 results.

In PLOS this week: gene mutation linked to inherited venous thrombosis, lncRNA patterns in the Asian tiger mosquito, and more.