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Varmus Means Business

Speaking to National Cancer Institute staffers this week, Harold Varmus — the agency's newly installed director — "said he plans to review all NCI programs, address 'dysfunction,' and come up with a list of big questions that block progress against cancer," Science Insider reports. Specifically, Varmus "will begin by overhauling NCI's cooperative clinical trials system, making greater use of NIH's clinical center, and working on ways to speed cancer drug approvals," according to Science. He also said that "he will be 'strenuous in my insistence' about ensuring access to data, research materials, and publications," Science reports. Varmus also told attendees not to expect "budget magic." Science Insider adds that Douglas Lowy will serve as Varmus' deputy director when Anna Barker, deputy director under former NCI director John Niederhuber, leaves her post in August.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.