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NCATS Skeptics

The US National Institutes of Health has fielded a lot of skepticism regarding the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Many in the research and funding communities say drug discovery is best left to pharmaceutical and biotech companies and NIH should concentrate on its basic research mandate.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.

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