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This Would Be Really Helpful for Klutzes Like Us

Tech Review reports on a genome study of the axolotl salamander, which was enabled when the Salk Institute's Gerald Pao and collaborators won 1 billion bases of free sequence from Roche last year. "Now that the data is in, scientists can finally begin the hunt for the genetic program that endows the animal with its unique capabilities," the article says. Initial research turned up "at least 10,000 genes [that] were transcribed during regeneration" -- many of which have human equivalents.

 

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Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.