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You and 9,999 of Your Colleagues

The grant-writing frenzy has passed fever pitch and a few numbers are in regarding the Challenge Grants. As of May 1st, Science Insider says that NIH received 10,000 grant applications, though more may come in as some researchers work around problems they had submitting to grants.gov. After crunching some numbers, Science Insider says that if NIH, as it has proposed, funds 200 of the $1 million, two-year grants, the success rate will be 2 percent. Ouch.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.