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Glimpsing the Future

At Freelancing Science, Pawel Szczesny discusses the future of life scientists and he says it lies in specialization. "Specialization will be one of many factors influencing creation of new types of scientists," he writes. He then sketches out the different levels at which science is done, from the Nobel-prize-winner level to hobbyists, and what roles they may play in the future of science -- he thinks that universities will launch training programs, much like sports programs, for bright, future Nobel-level scientists.

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.