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Funding, Gone

As the UK look to slash costs, the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology has lost all of its government funding, reports The Guardian. The group, which is mostly government-funded, aims to increase the number of women who enter science, technology, and engineering fields — The Guardian adds that women currently make up 12.5 percent of the workforce. "It was a devastating blow," says Annette Williams, founding director. "One interpretation is that equality organizations are seen as a boom-time nice-to-have. In times of reduced funding, it is equality activities that suffer."

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.