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NPR has a story questioning the stimulus funds that went toward research, since it may take longer to spend that money than, say, putting funding toward rebuilding roads. "The National Science Foundation reports that less than 2 percent of the research money it has awarded has actually been spent. ... Compare that to the National Highway Administration, which has paid out 16 percent of its funds and has been criticized for moving too slowly," the article says.

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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.