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In a piece she writes for Newsweek, Sharon Begley says NIH's Cancer Genome Atlas "may be fatally flawed." And the price tag for TCGA means that "the atlas threatens to suck up ever-dwindling resources." The article explores the concept of the project and quotes scientists who argue that the its potential gain doesn't come close to justifying its expense.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.