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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) proposed an up-front cash prize system to reward inventors and encourage innovation, reports Slate. Though this system might spur work to aid neglected populations and could eliminate drug monopolies and licensing fees, it is problematic -- especially because of its estimated $80 billion a year cost.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.