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Inequality in science funding has always been a problem, according to a 2006 article by The Scientist’s Alison McCook. At the time, McCook wrote that about one in five NIH extramural dollars went to 10 of the 3,000 institutions that receive grants. She added that only five US states got about half of all NIH funding, leaving the other 45 to split the rest.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a small group of breakthrough COVID-19 cases, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense is to use genetic genealogy approaches to identify the remains of unknown soldiers.

Vox and Nature discuss the importance of preparing for the next pandemic.

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