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At Slate, Amanda Schaffer writes that the prospect of stimulus funds has "shaken the slow-moving world of research and whipped scientists into a near-paralytic frenzy." She also says that "the lure of stimulus funding has aroused such a carnival-esque atmosphere that many biomedical scientists have ceased doing much actual research" as researchers busily write new grants, particularly Challenge Grants.

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NPR reports the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment for a genetic disorder that causes rapid aging.

Late-stage testing indicates the AstraZeneca and Oxford University SARS-CoV-2 vaccine can have up to 90 percent efficacy, the Associated Press reports.

ScienceInsider reports Nature Communications is reviewing a paper on mentorship following social media criticism arguing it is sexist.

In PLOS this week: method to account for sequencing errors in phylogenies, study of influenza A in Switzerland, and more.