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In this Forbes Q&A, Matthew Herper interviews James Thomson, who's recently started his own company, Cellular Dynamics International, which is focused on testing experimental drugs for heart side effects. Rather than cave into the hype surrounding regenerative medicine, he sees much bigger opportunities for stem cells as a research tool and in drug discovery.

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.