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Managing Microbial Research

Jonathan Eisen blogs about Jim Collins' recent talk at the ASM Meeting in Boston. "There are clearly some big changes planned at NSF for 'microbial' research," Eisen writes, adding that the plan seems to be to merge formerly microbe-focused projects into other, larger programs, like NEON, Assembling the Tree of Life, and others.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.