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First Francis, Now Elias. NIH, We Hardly Recognize You

He may be remembered as the best thing George Bush did (or as the one good thing he did, depending on where you stand). Elias Zerhouni announced yesterday that he would step down from his position as NIH director at the end of October. Look at this blog post from Peter Suber to find out more about how Zerhouni helped the advance the open access movement during his tenure.

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.