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A blog post at Science reports that Francis Collins is widely considered the top contender for new director of the NIH under the Obama administration. "Collins, buttonholed today at a meeting of one of the Obama transition teams, answered 'no comment' when asked if he aspired to the post," the blog post says. GTO's fingers are crossed for you, Francis.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.