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Still a Few Days

Lawmakers in the US have yet to come to an agreement on the 2011 budget. Republicans in the House of Representatives proposed another continuing resolution to keep the government funded, with $6 billion in cuts from the current US budget — including cuts to science funding, reports Nature's The Great Beyond blog. However, as an update to the blog notes, President Barack Obama rejected the short-term funding bill. The US government could face a shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires at the end of the week. ScienceInsider reports that the National Institutes of Health has a "secret plan" to cope with a possible shutdown. That plan includes a list of essential people to take care of animals and maintain experiments, but is fraught with secrecy as government agencies aren't supposed to appear to be planning for a shutdown, ScienceInsider adds.

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.