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Scientific Dancing

The second annual Dance Your PhD contest has crowned a winner, says the New Scientist Culture Lab blog's Nidhi Subbaraman. Molecular biologist Maureen McKeague from Carleton University in Ottawa, who danced her thesis entitled "Selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using SELEX," won when she and her entire lab group danced as DNA binding to target molecules. The contest, sponsored by GonzoLabs, Science, and the Imagine Science Film Festival allows researchers a chance to win money — $500 a piece to the four finalists and an additional $500 to the winner — and imaginatively showcase their research, Subbaraman says. The judging was based on how creative the researchers were, and how well they blended science with the "artistic elements of their performance," Subbaraman adds. Next year's contest will kick off in June 2011.

Selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using SELEX from Maureen McKeague on Vimeo.

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.