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Help NIH, Help the Country

At Science Progress, Andrew Plemmons Pratt argues that "an investment in NIH is an investment in the health, wealth, and security of the whole nation." He points out that about two dozen US governors have written a letter in support of NIH funding, saying that their states receive $19 billion in NIH funding and that, across the country, NIH funds support about 350,000 jobs. NIH's main contribution, though, is advances in health — and that leads to economic advances as well, Pratt says. One group, United for Medical Research, estimates that $1 of NIH investment leads to more than $2 in economic benefits and that about half of biotech companies are founded on ideas that stem from NIH-funded work, he adds.

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.