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Science fiction on TV can be a good thing — besides being entertaining, it can inspire kids to think of science as a possible future career, says Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait, even when it's not terribly accurate. But when it comes to actual science on TV, like in the news or in documentaries, accuracy is an absolute must.

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Nature News reports the US National Institutes of Health is investing in studies of the long-term effects of COVID-19.

The National Health Service is to offer Novartis's Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy later this year, according to the Guardian.

Taiwan is to launch a pilot program offering genetic testing to cancer patients, the Taipei Times reports.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to protection against tuberculosis, identification of loci associated with increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the aerodigestive tract, and more.