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Charles David Allis, Michael Grunstein

Charles David Allis and Michael Grunstein have been awarded the 2018 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research award for their discoveries showing how gene expression is influenced by the chemical modification of histones. Allis is the Joy and Jack Fishman Professor at Rockefeller University, where he heads the Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics. Grunstein is professor emeritus in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Scan

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.