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NIH, SBIR, and Stimulus Funds

US Senator Mary Landrieu (D–LA) doesn't like that the NIH was exempt from paying its 2.5 percent tax on its stimulus funds that every federal agency usually pays from their research budget to fund the Small Business Innovation Research program, reports ScienceInsider. At an oversight hearing, Landrieu told NIH's acting head of extramural research, Sally Rockey, how stimulus funds have affected small businesses. Rockey then promised Landrieu that NIH is "committed" to giving the SBIR its share of funds and she estimates that NIH will small businesses about $200 million out of its stimulus funds.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.