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No Evidence, Though, That Anyone Was Listening

Last week, Bill Gates testified to a US Congressional committee about the country's standing in science, arguing that the US won't be able to keep pace globally without significant investment in education and research. This Forbes article includes excerpts from the testimony, such as: "The evidence is mounting that we are failing to make the investments in our young people, our workers, our scientific research infrastructure, and our economy that will enable us to retain our global innovation leadership."

Gates said several changes must be made, including: more federal funding for research; strengthening scientific education; changing immigration rules for highly skilled workers; and creating incentives for private-sector R&D.

 

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.