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If you thought math was something you could safely leave to those with calculator watches, think again. Mike the Mad Biologist has a post about why it's so important for biologists to be fluent in mathematics. He recounts a presentation he made to the Human Microbiome Project and the pushback he received on estimates of how much sequencing would be required for various projects. "Over and over, I was told that these estimates were 'counter-intuitive.' Why?

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

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