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Turns Out It Wasn't a Criminal or a Paternity Issue -- Just Plain Good Science

Over at US News & World Report, John Aloysius Farrell blogs to set the record straight about the grizzly bear DNA project that John McCain complained about in last week's presidential debate. It's a pretty funny column, in which Farrell discusses the point of the research project -- namely, to get a population count of grizzly bears using DNA as a quicker, cheaper method than sending rangers out to personally take a census. GTO's favorite piece of trivia: evidently, McCain voted for the bill that issued the funds for the DNA project in the first place.

 

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.