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California will be searching its DNA databases for the relatives of criminal suspects, reports the Los Angeles Times. Under this new policy the state crime lab will tell the police about close, partial DNA matches from the database that are likely to be a familial match. Other states use this technique, but California is the first to make it policy, raising concerns of civil libertarians.

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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.