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Defining the FDA

In a farewell memo, FDA acting commissioner Frank Torti writes, "The FDA is now defined by others. You must speak up and take the FDA back." The WSJ's Health Blog asked Torti for more detail on this, and he responded that "virtually everybody outside the FDA has an opinion and is very vocal about it." Torti has returned to Wake Forest University, where he directs the comprehensive cancer center.

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The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.