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A news story examines the fate of using surrogate biomarkers in clinical trials. So far, reliance on markers that don't necessarily correlate with a disease itself has helped "fast-track" many drugs through the FDA approval process. Surprising findings about drugs, like GSK's Avandia, have people questioning dependence on these kinds of markers.

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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.

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