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An editorial in this week’s Nature contemplates the hiring process at BGI, in Shenzhen, China, which hires students fresh from their undergraduate educations to work in their state-of-the-art sequencing facility. “If Nature’s interviews are anything to go by, these BGI researchers are smart, confident and, for their age, tremendously experienced,” the Nature staff writes.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.