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A Tech Place?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration hopes to make New York City a home for the technology sector by expanding science education in the city. In a The New York Times column, Ginia Bellafante looks into how other tech hubs arose across the US, and wonders whether it can happen in New York. One urban planner tells Bellafante that many areas "have tried for decades to replicate the Silicon Valley experience, without success," though an economist adds that New York has "a model anyone would follow." Bellafante says "it is the city's goal to create a whole population of engineers, men and women whose skills could serve all manner of industries."

However, Bellafante says a friend of hers — a native New Yorker — told her "New York just doesn't feel like an engineering town." To that, Bellafante adds, "I wanted to disagree, but in truth, I couldn't."

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.