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Money, Mouths, and All That

ScienceInsider looks at the 2011 NIH budget to determine whether Francis Collins is favoring big science over single-investigator grants. Collins is emphasizing his five themes — high-throughput technologies, translational science, health care reform, global health, and reinvigorating biomedical research — and those areas have received large increases in the budget proposal. However, in 2011 NIH will fund 199 fewer research project grants will be funded. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology's Howard Garrison says that change isn't due to policy, but a two percent increase in grant size. "Overall, the number of RPGs is rising, and the amount of money for them—$17.1 billion in 2011—is going up 3.2%, in step with NIH's overall budget," ScienceInsider says.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.