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An international committee led by Elias Zerhouni, and which included Harold Varmus and Peter Agre, suggested that France overhaul its life science research by creating one funding institute, rather than having many as it does now, and giving the universities autonomy. The plan, however, is being contested by researchers' unions, says this news story.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.