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And Trakr, Too

Trakr, the German shepherd who located the last Sept. 11 survivor in New York, was cloned by BioArts International (of MissyToo fame) after Trakr's owner James Symington, a former Canadian police officer, entered an essay contest. The cloning was led by Hwang Woo-Suk (whose work in cloning dogs has held up) at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea and resulted in five puppies from their surrogate mothers, born between last December and April. Symington says that if the pups have Trakr's abilities, he will train them to also be search-and-rescue dogs. As for Trakr, he died two months ago at the age of 16.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.