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At Science Progress, Timothy Caulfield discusses whether gene patents hurt research. He says that his studies "revealed lots of researcher concern about gene patents, but little evidence that they are actually having a detrimental impact on the research environment." Still, Caulfield calls for better, more robust studies of the benefits and harms of patents on research.

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Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.

Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.

The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.

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