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The Lab's Assault on the Nose

If you walk into the lab and your nose starts to crinkle, there are many possible suspects. Bitesize Bio's Nick Oswald rounds up 10 likely culprits, and coming in at number seven is fly food. "What do they put in that stuff? Year-old bananas?" he asks. But there are worse smells that abound. Oswald calls N-butanol "nasty, sickly stuff" and adds that cadaverine "smells like decomposition in a bottle." But the top spot honor goes to beta-mercaptoethanol. "It is top because it is such a gut-wrenching smell, but also because it is one that seems to be released into the lab at least once a year," Oswald says. His readers also add their choices for the worst smells, including meat-based media and fecal enrichments.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.