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The Small Business Innovation Research program that supports research by small, high-tech startups is up for renewal by the US Congress. The research budgets of 11 federal agencies are taxed in order to fund the program, currently at 2.5 percent. The small business Senate committee passed a version of the bill that would increase that to 3.5 percent by 2020.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.