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Funds from the People

Crowdfunding, in which donors pledge small amounts of money to fund certain projects, is increasingly being adopted by scientists as is becomes harder to get grants from agencies like the US National Institutes of Health, The Economist reports. And there are a number of websites to connect people seeking funding with potential philanthropists.

The Economist notes that a Princeton University pharmacologist is using RocketHub to try to raise $25,000 for his work and a researcher at the University of West Florida has already raised $12,000 for her project.

"Donors can expect no revenue if a crowdfunded science project is successful, of course," The Economist adds. "But they can expect to be kept up to date with progress."

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.