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Among the biomaterials production firm he profiles this week, Plastics News' Mike Verespej discusses how the Lansing, Mich.-based Draths Corp. is using synthetic biology approaches to produce muconic acid as a building block for renewable bio-purified terephthalic acid, or bio-PTA.

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The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: online database of SARS-CoV-2 protein structures, atlas of the human brain, and more.