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The Great Funding Shift

Drawing on Eric Drexler's post at Metamodern, Sheril Kirshenbaum looks at the age distribution of investigators receiving NIH grants. Drexler points out that young scientists have had an increasingly difficult time receiving funding and that "our iconic images of great scientists distort perceptions of age and accomplishment." Kirshenbaum adds that the funding shift toward older scientists may be due to past hiring trends and the move toward not naming postdocs as PIs on grants. "We must remember that many complex factors are at play influencing the initial graph," she says. "The real question to consider is whether such grants [from NIH supporting postdocs] are adequately funding early tenure track professors."

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.