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What Do the Nobels Say About the State of American Science?

At Terra Sigillata, blogger Abel Pharmboy wonders about the state of American science. The physiology or medicine Nobel winners this year were all European as were the physics winners, he writes. At Pharyngula, PZ Myers says, "I'm going to go way out here on a limb and say the obvious: it means nothing at all." Myers adds that the current Nobel winners did their award-winning work decades ago so that they can only tell us about science during the 70s and 80s.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.