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Biofilms Beware

Biofilms, or bacterial communities seemingly glued together, have become a major problem in medicine as conventional antibiotics can't break them apart to kill the bacteria. This Tech Review article describes synthetic biology work from Boston University researchers, led by Jim Collins, who engineered viruses to attack the biofilm -- killing the bacteria within and dissolving the strong bonds holding the whole mess together. You can also check out the paper in PNAS here.

The Scan

Gap in COVAX Doses

BBC News reports that COVAX is experiencing a vaccine shortfall, as the Serum Institute of India has paused exports.

Sanofi, GSK Report Promising Results

The Wall Street Journal reports that the candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine from Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline has had encouraging early results.

Influence of Luck

The New York Times examines how the US avoided variant-fueled increases in COVID-19 cases.

PLOS Papers on Retina GWAS, Hantaan Virus, COVID-19 Phenome-Wide Association Study

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of retinal morphology, analysis of hantaan virus found in a mouse, and more.