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Maybe $10 Grants Are the Way to Go

A new children's book from NIH discusses the "trials and triumphs of NIH's youngest researchers," according to a press release. The name of the book, The Rocket Boys of NIH: How NIH Gives Health and Hope to Kids and the World, comes from a grant request the NIH received 52 years ago from 9-year-old Terence Boylan who wanted $10 to build a rocket ship with 14-year old Bruce Cook -- Boylan and Cook received their money. "Can you imagine what a thrill it was," Boylan says in a statement. "It made me think I could do anything." The book is aimed at fourth or fifth graders and can be requested in English or Spanish from CSR.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.