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Want to Spare Science Funding? Invite a Pol to Your Lab

John Porter, the Republican former US Representative from Illinois, tells Nature Medicine that researchers looking to spare science funding from the federal budget 'chopping block' ought to "get their member of Congress into their laboratory to see what they’re doing, because once they connect how the research can make a difference in human health, they’ll be invested in it." If that's not possible, Porter suggests writing an op-ed to demonstrate the importance of their work. Better yet, he adds, "go to the candidates’ debate, raise the questions, make them accountable, make them understand the importance of medical research."

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.