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A Decade of 'BadOmics'

Jonathan Eisen's search for the source of a 'BadOmics' cartoon had Daily Scan digging through the GenomeWeb archives this week.

As neuromusic pointed out in a comment at Eisen's The Tree of Life blog, the cartoon's punchline — "How do you define success in science? 'When I coin my own -ome word.'" — derives from a GenomeWeb article from 2002.

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.