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The results of a national exam show that very few students have the necessary skills or knowledge to pursue careers in science and technology, reports Christine Armario of the the Associated Press. On the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress exam, only 1 percent of fourth graders and 12th graders and 2 percent of eighth graders scored in the highest group, Armario says.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.