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Finding Money

Funding for new biotech start-ups is available for well-prepared companies, say Karl Handelsman and Steve Burrill at BIO, according to Wired Science. "I think that there is money available for new companies, but they have to come with a perfect business plan, perfect area to innovate in and a very strong management team," says CMEA Capital's Handelsman. Burrill adds that companies will have to try new strategies to make a go of their business, such as commercializing drugs in countries other than the United States.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.