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Medical research would be much harder without animal subjects, and researchers are increasingly using animals either injected with human cells or with human tissue grafts to get a more accurate understanding of how a compound or drug works in people. A leading panel of scientists and ethicists has released a report calling for more scrutiny, regulation, and legal boundaries on this type of research, says the Guardian's Alok Jha.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.