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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

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.