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Ten Years Ago These Numbers Would've Been Typos

Steven Salzberg has a post at Genomics, Evolution, and Pseudoscience about a recent call for a project to sequence 10,000 vertebrate genomes. The proposal, from a consortium led by David Haussler and Stephen O'Brien, "is also the opening salvo in an effort to raise $50-100 million for the sequencing of these species," Salzberg writes. He's enthusiastic about the project, but suggests that its target -- funding from NIH -- is off base. "I’m going to be the skeptic here: if NIH is thinking of throwing its sequencing dollars at 10,000 more genomes, I suggest that it focus on humans rather than a broad collection of other vertebrates," he says.

In a completely unrelated post, Jonathan Eisen is celebrating a milestone for microbes -- there are now 1,000 complete bacterial and archaeal genomes in Genbank, he says.

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 65 and older 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.