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We'd Like a Little Less, If You Don't Mind

Don't celebrate that stimulus plan so fast, says Jake Young at Pure Pedantry. The current draft of the plan in US Congress includes a provision for $10 billion to fund research, science facilities, and instruments -- which has Young blogging that "the infusion of such a large quantity of money into NIH and NSF over so short a period would be a disaster of Biblical proportions." Why so glum? Assuming this would be a one-time bolus and only cover the next couple of years, Young writes, "I am highly dubious of a spending bill like this one because I simply cannot conceive of how we will spend all that money" in a well-advised way.

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.