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Australian Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall — lauded for his discovery of the stomach-dwelling bacterium Helicobacter pylori's role in gastritis and peptic-ulcer disease — plans to put the bug that made him famous to use in science's battle against the flu, Bloomberg reports. By mid-2013, Marshall said he expects the biotech firm he founded, Ondek Ltd., to report results for a clinical trial of a drinkable flu vaccine.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.