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Hell and the Science Committee

Representative Paul Broun (R-Ga.) aims to keep his seat on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee for its upcoming session, reports US News and World Report. Earlier this fall, a video of Broun speaking at a sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Georgia showed the lawmaker calling evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang theory "lies straight from the pit of hell."

A spokesperson for the congressman tells US News and World Report that Broun wants to return to the science committee, and that the video is "not something we're concerned about." She adds that the committee assignments should be made soon.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.