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Tim Harford's new book, Adapt, is all about success and failure of various projects, says In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe. In the most recent installment published in Slate, Harford discusses biomedical research and how NIH funds grants.

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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.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

In PNAS this week: epistasis affecting cystic fibrosis, Tiger rattlesnake genome gives venom insight, and more.