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Systems Biology, a 'Radioactive' Term

Has “systems biology” become just another term for “genomics”? asks Adaptive Complexity’s Michael White. That conflation of terms “has made the term systems biology radioactive in certain segments of the biomedical community. Systems biology has become the latest buzz-word, instead of an emerging discipline focused on new questions that were difficult to study 20 years ago,” he writes. White suggests that a new term, such as “biological dynamics”, could help set the field apart from genomics.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.