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This Dollar Here Went to Beer for the Lab

Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship's Writedit reports that US Vice President Joe Biden likes the quarterly reporting practices that are part of the stimulus bill so much that he wants to make them permanent. "We've never followed the dollars the way we are now and this should be the start of a new way of doing business rather than the implementation of a single program," Biden according to Govcentral. Writedit points out that "not spending every dollar the way you said you would (or were advised to) can be a good thing, as in the case of Nobel laureate Mario Capecchi. Imagine a world without transgenics."

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.