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Just a Waste

It's all been a waste of time. "Scientists have admitted that they are 'deflated and disappointed' after four years' dull work to sequence the mouse genome came to boring fruition this week," reports NewsBiscuit, a satire website. "Polls suggest that fewer than 6% of people take any interest in genome sequencing technology, although that did rise to 11% among people who thought that genomes were garden ornaments." Check it out if you need a good laugh to ward off that Monday feeling.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.