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The Healthcare Bill and Innovation

Popular Mechanics' James Meigs and Jerry Beilinson spoke with Dean Kamen -- who has invented many health-related technologies, including prostheses that use microprocessors -- about the pending US legislation on healthcare reform. Kamen says he is worried that a false debate over rationing care is being made instead of facing the consideration that cutting costs doesn't encourage people to develop new therapies. "If we want to sit here and keep assuming we should be fighting, and that we should be striving to spend less of our intellectual power and our money on great achievements to come in healthcare — that we should be fighting to make it a smaller piece of our economy — I want to know what you want to make a bigger piece of our economy," Kamen says.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.