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While You've Got Your Wallet Open, We'll Take a Billion, Too

This article from the Guardian reports that a group of UK research universities has proposed a plan to help secure funding now -- and, with luck, jump-start the economy in the future. "Led by Imperial College London, they want ministers to create a £1bn fund to finance the early stages of university spin-outs - companies that could become money spinners in a few years' time and help boost the UK economy after the recession," the article says. The proposal "seems particularly audacious in a time of tightened public spending. But the government looks to be seriously considering the proposal."

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.