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Education, and Financial Commitment

NeoStem, a company that focuses on developing diagnostic and therapeutic uses of adult stem cells, teamed up with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture to "expand research and raise awareness of adult stem cell therapies," according to a press release from NeoStem. Together, they will develop "educational programs, publications, and academic courses with an interdisciplinary approach for theological and philosophical faculties, including those of bioethics, around the world." In a statement, the Pontifical Council for Culture's Reverend Tomasz Trafny, said: "Through educational initiatives with NeoStem and sponsorship of scientific research programs involving cutting edge adult stem cell science which does not hurt human life, we come one step closer to a breakthrough that can relieve needless human suffering.' He adds that he hopes this collaboration "could lead to significant financial commitment" to support NeoSteam's technological research.

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.