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Science  29 May 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6494, pp. 920-921
DOI: 10.1126/science.368.6494.920

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In science news around the world, the United States makes its biggest bet so far on a candidate COVID-19 vaccine, pledging $1.2 billion to quickly deliver one developed at the University of Oxford, to be manufactured by AstraZeneca. The Montana Supreme Court rules that mineral rights do not extend to a valuable trove of fossils discovered there, a decision expected to resolve a legal saga that threatened to upend fossil hunting in the dinosaur-rich state. Scientists are fuming over a sweeping redesign of PubMed, a massive database of biomedical literature. The U.S. National Science Foundation would get a new technology directorate and large budget increase under bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress. Seventy-seven U.S. scientists who have won a Nobel Prize ask federal officials to quickly review a controversial decision by the U.S. National Institutes of Health to terminate a grant that supported research into bat coronaviruses in China. Multiple states and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention draw criticism for releasing coronavirus test results that mixed data for active and past infections, which specialists called an inaccurate method.

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