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A Prize for a Sequencing Story

Journalists at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar, and Alison Sherwood — have been awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for their story "of an epic effort to use genetic technology to save a 4-year-old boy imperiled by a mysterious disease, told with words, graphics, videos and other images," the prize committee says. The reporters told the story of a young boy named Nicholas Volker, how his genes were sequenced, and how the information was used to treat him, the Journal Sentinel says.

HT: Forbes' Matthew Herper

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.