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The Popular Bacteria

Nick Loman at Pathogens: Genes and Genomes compiled a list of the 50 most sequenced bacteria using NCBI's databases of complete and incomplete genome projects. Topping his list is, no surprise, Escherichia coli, followed by Staphylococcus aureus and Helicobacter pylori. At his own blog, Mike the Mad Biologist adds that the number of genomes sequenced will likely increase quickly. "E. coli will probably triple, S. aureus and Enterococcus will explode many-fold, B. cereus will triple. And this could very well be a large underestimate on my part," Mike writes, adding, "Of course, this then leads to the question of how one goes about analyzing hundreds of genomes."

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.