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Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Meryl Comer and Chris Mooney say those worried about mending the economy should consider investing in scientific research. "In a country where 65 percent of the citizens can't name a living scientist and another 18 percent try but get it wrong," Comer and Mooney say that it's a mistake not to ramp up funding for science.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

In PNAS this week: epistasis affecting cystic fibrosis, Tiger rattlesnake genome gives venom insight, and more.