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He's Making a List, Checking it Twice

Speaking to National Cancer Institute leaders as well as both intramural and extramural investigators last Saturday, Harold Varmus began outlining his "provocative questions exercise," in which he aims to address unanswered questions in cancer research, reports Science Insider. According to Science, Varmus wishes to address "why testicular cancer can be cured with conventional chemotherapy and why obese people are more prone to certain cancers such as colon and breast cancer," and would like to "upend the conventional wisdom that it's impossible to find drugs that block so-called transcription factors, which are proteins that control the expression of genes." Science Insider says that one Varmus' list is complete, the NCI chief may "hold a special competition to invite proposals for several questions and fund, say, 15 of the best ideas."

The Scan

Response Too Slow, Cautious

A new report criticizes the global response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature News reports.

Pushed a Bit Later

Novavax has pushed back its timeline for filing for authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

AMA Announces Anti-Racism Effort

The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has released a plan to address systemic racism in healthcare.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on miRMaster 2.0, MutationTaster2021, LipidSuite

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool to examine small non-coding RNAs, approach to predict ramifications of DNA variants, and more.