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So Much for a Pleasant Conference Experience

Over at his denialism blog, Mark Hoofnagle thinks it’s just messed up that the NIH security administration has not only fenced in the entire campus, but that it has put some pretty ludicrous restrictions on foreign visitors. According to a memo Hoofnagle received, visitors must be in the presence of an escort at all times, including trips to the bathroom. They also can’t plug things like thumb drives into HHS hardware. “This type of paranoid security obsessiveness is uneccessary and counterproductive to the free exchange of ideas science needs in order to be open, international and collaborative,” he writes.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.