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Policing Yourself

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, Daniel Levinson, says that 90 percent of universities rely on researchers to determine whether the money they receive from drug and device makers is relevant to their government-funded work. The report, which the New York Times says is expected to be made public today, adds that even when conflicts are noted, university administrators do nothing to try to minimize that conflict of interest. "This report clearly raises the question of whether these institutions are capable of managing these conflicts themselves," says Institute for Health Policy at Harvard Medical School's Eric Campbell to the Times.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.