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Data for Everyone!

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, in conjunction with other funders, is launching The Portable Legal Consent for Common Genomics Research, a system that researchers can use to donate their data to large public databases, says Nature News' Erika Check Hayden. The group says the point of the system is to "create the world's largest pool of openly available, user-contributed data about health and genomics." Users can remove identifying details of their data before they submit it, Hayden says. "The databases then assign an identification number to all of the data from each user and deliver the de-identified data to researchers, who must agree to broad conditions designed to prevent harm to the data contributors," she adds. The project's developers hope it will give researchers more access to larger pools of data, which can then be used in large studies.

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.