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The End of the Biotech Intranet?

Fortune magazine has an article about the growing popularity of apps developed by companies for their employees. Why are we telling you this? Two of the companies cited in the article as having extensive app suites are Medtronic and Genentech, the latter of which has even built a database of compounds called the Small Molecule Data Integration app. Such company-developed apps are "available only through a private storefront" to employees, rather than downloadable from Apple or Android, the article says. Genentech "has created some 20 mobile apps for its employees — and a dozen more are in the works," the story adds.

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.