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Charles Edwards Dies

Charles Edwards, who was commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration under President Nixon, has died, reports The New York Times. He was 87. Edwards oversaw a time of change at FDA, the Times notes. He took office when a new law required the agency to determine whether drugs worked, not just whether they were safe to use. In his time at FDA, Edwards oversaw increased labeling of drugs, like birth control pills, to include a discussion of risk and benefits as well as labeling of food with nutritional information. The Times adds that Edwards sought to find a balance between protecting consumers and not harming industry: "He worried that 'we can with a stroke of a pen wipe out an industry.'"

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.