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Science  09 Apr 2021:
Vol. 372, Issue 6538, pp. 110-111
DOI: 10.1126/science.372.6538.110

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In science news around the world, drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech announce they will seek authorization for 12- to 15-year-olds to receive their COVID-19 vaccine after a study shows it provides them powerful protection—a step scientists call critical to controlling the pandemic. In another such step, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes two inexpensive, rapid COVID-19 tests to be sold over the counter, allowing people to test themselves at home. Researchers postpone the first flight in a controversial study of how light-blocking particles, released in the stratosphere, could diminish global warming, after objections in Sweden, where the test was to occur. The Biden administration is overhauling two key science advisory boards at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because of concerns that the Trump administration had stacked the panels with industry-friendly experts. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology undertakes efforts to boost representation of women in biotechnology as a study reports striking differences between the rates at which its female and male professors have founded companies in biotech and related fields or served on their boards.

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