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Researchers have created a kind of "invisible ink for the biotech age" by spreading bacteria — engineered to glow — in encrypted patterns on paper, reports Wired's Brandon Keim. Tufts University chemist David Walt, who co-developed the system, says this "secret agent" application could be used to send cryptic messages.

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23andMe has launched a new tool that estimates someone's risk of developing severe COVID-19 if infected, Bloomberg reports.

The Guardian reports that Pasteur Institute researchers are halting their development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine following disappointing initial results.

The Wall Street Journal reports that an increased number of younger patients have been hospitalized as the new SARS-CoV-2 strain spread across the UK.

In Cell this week: proteomic patterns among COVID-19 affected tissue samples, transcriptome atlas of developing intestines, and more.