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DrugMonkey and Zen Faulkes at NeuroDojo disagree about how much time should be spent studying for a doctorate. DrugMonkey says the median time for completion of a biomedical degree in the US is about six years. This is up from the 1970s when it was 5.5 years, and down from the late 1990s when it was 6.9 years. DrugMonkey says graduate training should be kept under six years, he says four years may be too short, and suggests five years of training as a happy medium.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.