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US Justice Department Earmarks $125M for President's DNA Initiative

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The US Department of Justice has earmarked $125 million for funding opportunities available through President George Bush’s 3-year-old DNA Initiative, the DOJ said today.
The DNA Initiative is a 5-year, $1 billion commitment from the government to improve the nation’s capacity to use DNA evidence by improving crime lab capacity, funding R&D, eliminating backlogs of criminal genetic evidence, and other projects.
In addition to the funding provided through the DNA Initiative, $18.5 million has been awarded to improve criminal justice forensic services.

All of the grants will be administered by the National Institute of Justice, the R&D and evaluation arm of the Dept of Justice, the DOJ said.

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.