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The Countdown Continues

Alex Palazzo is getting into the Nobel prediction game. Among those Palazzo thinks might be worthy: James Rothman and Randy Schekman for membrane trafficking; Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak for telomeres; and Victor Ambros, Gary Ruvkun, and David Baulcombe for microRNAs. His list goes on and on, so it may indeed include the eventual winner.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.