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New York Times has an article on evolutionary biology in swine flu with a focus on Hong Kong University virologist Gavin Smith. Along with colleagues around the world, Smith has been "furiously analyzing the new swine flu to figure out how and when it evolved," the story says. The article, written by Carl Zimmer, includes a nice description of the diversity of viruses and their extraordinary ability to mutate at high speeds.

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Nature News reports the US National Institutes of Health is investing in studies of the long-term effects of COVID-19.

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Taiwan is to launch a pilot program offering genetic testing to cancer patients, the Taipei Times reports.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to protection against tuberculosis, identification of loci associated with increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the aerodigestive tract, and more.