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At The Tree of Life blog, Jonathan Eisen asks New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and California Congressman Darrell Issa if they're serious about a new bill they've co-sponsored that would limit public access to NIH-funded research. As to why they would do this, Eisen notes that the lawmakers have received donations from the publisher Elsevier, which has come out against an open-access model of scientific publishing.

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The FDA and CDC call for a pause in administering Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine while reports of rare blood clots are looked into, reports the Wall Street Journal.

According to the Associated Press, a Swiss program aims to shepherd long-term science projects and diplomacy.

CNN reports that two new studies suggest the B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant may be more transmissible, but may not lead to more severe disease.

In PNAS this week: analysis of pathway affecting acute kidney injury, parental-specific allelic expression in horse placenta, and more.