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Los Angeles Times —

Column: Raking in profits, Moderna denies government scientists credit for the COVID vaccine

Article quotes Mark Lemley, professor of law, commenting on Moderna's decision not to credit the government in the development of the vaccine.

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Wired —

Welcome to the (synthetic) meatspace

Article cites a Stanford study that injected a rat embryo, which had been edited to grow without a pancreas, with special mouse stem cells. As the rat matured, it formed a pancreas made entirely of mouse cells.

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San Francisco Chronicle —

Bay Area labs are even testing the wastewater at SFO in their hunt for omicron

Article quotes Benjamin Pinsky, associate professor of pathology, on the testing process for tracking virus variants.

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USA Today —

Meet Biden’s ‘climate cabinet’: A who’s who of 9 senior officials tackling climate change

Reports that Sally Bensen, professor of energy resources and director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, will head the Office of Science and Technology Policy that will coordinate federal climate change policy.

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San Francisco Chronicle —

Do COVID vaccines work against omicron? What we know so far

Quotes Philip Grant, assistant professor of medicine, on the ability to update vaccines to combat new variants.

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New York Times —

Can synthetic biology save us? This scientist thinks so

Quotes Drew Endy, associate professor of bioengineering, on the potential of synthetic biology for redesigning organisms for useful purposes.

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San Francisco Chronicle —

Will U.S. travel ban help stop the new omicron COVID-19 variant?

Quotes Seema Yasmin, clinical assistant professor of medicine, on closing borders because of the omicron variant.

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New York Times —

As we live longer, how should life change? There is a blueprint

Article quotes Laura Carstensen, professor of psychology and founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, on the need to reimagine social institutions, norms and policies for lives that span a century.

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The Scientist —

DNA damage makes zebrafish sleepy

Article quotes Philippe Mourrain, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, on research that showed buildup of a DNA-repair protein in brain cells makes zebrafish sleepy.

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San Francisco Chronicle —

Bay Area hospitals face renewed strain as COVID cases continue to rise

Quotes Jorge Luis Salinas, assistant professor of medicine, on being prepared for any increase in infection rates in the coming months.

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