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George Church's Changes

Harvard Magazine says the university's George Church and MIT's Joe Jacobson are among those researchers who have "shifted their focus from passively reading genomes to actively 'writing' and 'editing' them in specific ways." In discussing his group's search-and-replace style approach to genome editing — which the team described at length in a July Science paper — Church tells Harvard Magazine that he and his colleagues are "speeding up evolution." He later adds that the team's eventual goal is to "change every base pair. …. If you select for what you want, the end product is exactly what you want."

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.