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The National Research Council of Canada of Ottawa has received US Patent No. 8,057,852, "Microdevice for a fluorescence-based assay, and a method for making the microdevice." The method includes providing a substrate consisting of poly(cyclic olefin); protecting the substrate from ultraviolet light; and subjecting a surface of said UV-protected substrate to ozone oxidation to activate it; where intrinsic fluorophores on the surface of the substrate remain substantially unchanged after the ozone oxidation.

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The UK is investing £33.6 million into a controversial human SARS-CoV-2 challenge study, according to Reuters.

The Guardian reports that the UK COVID genomics consortium is monitoring mutations that are arising within circulating SARS-CoV-2 strains for any that may affect future vaccines.

Science reports that Max Planck and Nature have struck a deal for affiliated authors to publish papers that are accessible to the public as well as access Nature-branded journals.

In PNAS this week: genomic analysis of ancient animals from Tibet, oncoproteins tied to WEE1 kinase enzyme inhibitor response, and more.

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