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The approach could allow for more portable applications of its SomaScan technology while also improving the specificity of its proteomic measurements.

Other grant recipients include scientists from the University of Chicago, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Washington.

Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

NSF's Investigations

Nature News reports on the US National Science Foundation's investigations of undisclosed foreign ties among researchers it funds.

A New NSF?

A new bill would reshape the US National Science Foundation to include a focus on technological development, according to Science.

Nature News reports on policy changes research funding agencies are making to deal with pandemic-related effects on research labs.

Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

The US Senate has unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to address the coronavirus, the New York Times reports.

The Trump Administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 calls for an 8 percent cut to the US National Institutes of Health budget.

A new report finds that though the US has increased its activity in science and engineering, its global share of that activity has fallen in some areas, according to Inside Higher Ed.

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Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.

A new analysis suggests the B.1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2 could be deadlier than previous ones, according to the Guardian.

NPR reports Merck is halting the development of its two candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccines following disappointing Phase 1 results.

In PLOS this week: gene mutation linked to inherited venous thrombosis, lncRNA patterns in the Asian tiger mosquito, and more.