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An article in the UK's Guardian wonders if DNA will ever be the basis for computers, replacing silicon chips. The idea came from USC's Leonard Adleman, who showed that DNA could be used to solve the traveling salesman problem and, last month, Japanese scientists made a sort of DNA from artificial bases.

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A survey by Nature finds that most researchers want scientific meetings to continue virtually or with a virtual component, even after the pandemic ends.

Bloomberg reports that the B.1.351 SARS-CoV-2 viral variant could prompt the formulation of better vaccines.

Certain blood proteins may be able to distinguish COVID-19 patients who will become critically ill from those who will not, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In Genome Biology this week: algorithm to assess regulatory features, approach to integrate multiple single-cell RNA-seq datasets, and more.