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Elkan Blout, a Harvard biochemist who wore many hats in his professional life, died of pneumonia this week, reports the New York Times. Blout’s initial academic work in developing optical tools for studying protein chemistry led him to Polaroid’s research labs, where he refined the chemical process for instant snapshots.

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Los Angeles brought and settled a civil enforcement action against the makers of an at-home test for SARS-CoV-2, NPR reports. 

The Guardian reports that Cancer Research UK is cutting its research funding by £44 million.

Technology Review examines factors affecting SARS-CoV-2 testing turnaround times.

In PNAS this week: mapping of ancient human migrations in Europe, recurrent gene fusion in breast cancer, and more.