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In this week's issue of The New Yorker, Peter Boyer examines Francis Collins: the political man, and Francis Collins: the devout Christian, paying particular attention to the NIH director's reactions to the recent federal ruling that has frozen federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Collins also expresses his disappointment over the recent news coverage of the tenth anniversary of the human genome.

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The Financial Times reports the US bolstering its ability to track SARS-CoV-2 alterations.

The New York Times reports that Cedars-Sinai researchers have uncovered a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 in Southern California.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pan-cancer atlas focus on miRNA biogenesis mutations, methylation analysis of pig skeletal muscles, and more.

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.