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Science  22 May 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6493, pp. 804-806
DOI: 10.1126/science.368.6493.804

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In science news around the world, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues recommendations, which critics fault as watered down, for safe reopenings from COVID-19 lockdowns as most states lift stay-at-home orders. More than 140 world leaders call for equitably distributing any COVID-19 vaccine globally as leaders in the United States, United Kingdom, and France vow to inoculate their citizens first. The U.S. government announces it will exempt from oversight genetically edited plants that could have been created through conventional breeding. U.S. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins wins the $1.3 million 2020 Templeton Prize for his work to reconcile science and religion. A panel recommends creating a new consortium for geochronology, which dates the age of rocks, to improve coordination and funding. Ottoline Leyser, a plant biologist at the University of Cambridge, will be the next director of the United Kingdom's £7 billion research funding agency, UK Research and Innovation.

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