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Alex Palazzo is getting into the Nobel prediction game. Among those Palazzo thinks might be worthy: James Rothman and Randy Schekman for membrane trafficking; Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak for telomeres; and Victor Ambros, Gary Ruvkun, and David Baulcombe for microRNAs. His list goes on and on, so it may indeed include the eventual winner.

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The Hastings Center's Erik Parens argues in a Scientific American opinion piece that the current pandemic underscores the need to reconsider the hope placed in genomic medicine. 

The Los Angeles Times writes that Operation Warp Speed has an ambitious timeline for developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australia is launching its trial of preconception carrier testing Tuesday.

In PNAS this week: autosomal genes commonly affected by loss-of-function variants, variants implicated in testis development disorders, and more.