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To cut down on the number of proposals going through peer-review, the UK's main engineering and physical sciences funding agency, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, announced that they will ban "repeatedly unsuccessful applicants" from submitting new applications, reports Science Insider.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

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