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Many Buildings, Same Goal

Hospitals in New York City are vying to bring in researchers, physicians, and grant dollars to create centers to translate genomic and other basic research findings into the clinic, reports The Wall Street Journal. But, the paper adds, the "building spree" undertaken by Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center "is raising questions of whether there could be too many institutions chasing too few federal research dollars to fund operations in the buildings."

"The pot is only so big," Robert Roskoski Jr. tells the Journal. "A lot of people are working hard to get the grants, but they are all fighting for the same money."

Weill Cornell Medical College's Dean Laurie Glimcher says, though, that she isn't concerned about that. "Our goal isn't to compete with each other. Our goal is to cure disease," Glimcher says, adding that "you can't have too many" researchers.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.