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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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The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

Researchers traced a gene cluster linked to COVID-19 severity to Neanderthals, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: soil bacteria-derived small molecules affect centrosomal protein, microfluidics approach for capturing circulating tumor cells, and more.