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A story in the BBC reports on the expected shift in human embryonic stem cell research policy under the incoming Obama administration. Many scientists are hopeful that he will lift the restrictive 2001 ban on certain cell lines, while others hope to see an infusion of cash and increased policy to support true bench-to-bedside research. "The impact of eight years under the previous administration for stem cell research has really been devastating," says Tom Okarma, head of stem cell company Geron.

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

In Science this week: genetic study of kidney fibrosis implicates the SOX9-NAV3-YAP1 axis.