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Politicians, Musicians … and Scientists?

Rolling Stone has come up with a list of people they say are "changing America." Hidden in between teen pop/country singer Taylor Swift (number 100 -- yes, we're confused, too) and Barack Obama (number 1) are Craig Venter (number 71), Leroy Hood (63), Jay Keasling (number 40), and Steven Chu (number 24). RS says Hood is changing "the future of medicine" by [giving] physicians tools to diagnose and treat disease even before any symptoms appear" and that Keasling is changing America's energy troubles "engineering bacteria to convert cornstalks and wheat chaff into synthetic hydrocarbon fuels that can power planes, trains and automobiles."

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.