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Getting Creative

Plant cell biologist Anne Osterrieder from Oxford Brookes University in the UK recently wrote a column in the Guardian saying that researchers have to get creative if they want to make their work accessible to the public. Researchers at Imperial College London have answered Osterrieder's call. Also writing in the Guardian, researchers Anna Perman, Ben Good, David Robertson, and Lizzie Crouch say they created a short video of themselves using their lab instruments to recreate the White Stripes song Seven Nation Army. "We did this to communicate science. And it seems to have worked," they write. "For us (after the initial ego-boost), the most rewarding thing about the widespread enthusiasm for our video has been seeing bloggers using it as an opportunity to tell readers about the lab's research. And that was kind of the point of the whole thing."

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.