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Microbes As Far as the Eye Can See

The latest version of the Integrated Microbial Genomes can be found here. IMG 2.9 now contains 5,115 genomes and 6,514,244 genes. It also includes a phylogenetic tree-based genome browser, a dotplot tool for comparison studies, tools to look at horizontal gene transfer, and Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus protein expression data.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.