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NIH of its Own

The Japanese government is considering developing an agency based on the US National Institutes of Health, ScienceInsider reports.

The idea is included within a draft Growth Strategy proposal from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that was approved last week by the Competitiveness Council. According to the plan, such an institute would bring together academic, government, and private research efforts "to strongly support the commercialization of innovative medical technologies" by putting together "a comprehensive strategy and [prioritizing] goals and research targets for medical R&D."

The proposal also says the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency may also serve as a template for a program to support strategic innovation.

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.