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The NIH Open Access Policy Turns One

The NIH open access policy has reached its first birthday and Gavin Baker, assistant editor of Open Access News, has a guest blog at Science Progress to discuss it. Since the policy went into effect, Baker says that PubMed submissions were never lower than 2,500 a month, as compared to 1,500 in December 2007. He also says that Elsevier, which opposes the policy, had an 11 percent increase in profits during 2008. Baker weighs in as well on the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act proposed by Rep. John Conyer (D-MI), pointing out that open access advocates such as Harold Varmus are well-placed in the Obama administration.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.