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The Happy Medium

Mid-sized labs do best, says Jeremy Berg, the director of National Institute of General Medical Sciences who is known for blog posts chock full of data, reports Nature. Berg mined NIH data to study correlations between grant size and scientific output. He tells Nature that people had long said that once a lab grows large enough to be unwieldy to manage, it will see its number of publications per grant dollar decline, but that "no one actually had the data to put that in more quantitative terms." Plotting median number of publications and median impact factor against NIH funding, Berg found that both measures topped out at $750,000 in yearly funding. He notes, however, that "the average behaviour is not the behaviour of everybody." Check it out here.

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.