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Room to Grow

An old factory building in Harlem will soon house start-up biotech companies, the New York Daily News reports. The spot, called Harlem Biospace, is the brainchild of Sam Sia, a biomedical engineering professor at Columbia University.

"We're trying to lower the barrier for early stage biospace companies which usually require wet-labs and expensive equipment," Sia tells the Daily News.

Sia adds that many early stage companies leave Manhattan because of its high rents for research space. In addition, the city's Economic Development Corporation is investing $626,000 in Harlem Biospace, which is to open in the fall.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.