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That's "Virtuous," Not "Vicious"

Personal genomics, blogs Jason Bobe, is going to change translational medicine from a "trickle-down" model to a "virtuous circle" model. He envisions this circle to include patients, doctors, and scientists as equal partners in getting basic research to the real world. Bobe points to a recent editorial in Nature Genetics that says people participating in George Church's Personal Genome Project are co-investigators, not patients.

 

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.