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DIY mutH5N1?

The amateur biologist tinkering away in her garage is Michael Osterholm's biggest concern when it comes to the potential publication of the mutated H5N1 bird flu virus papers.

After months of debate, The New York Times reports, "a panel of scientists brought together by the World Health Organization recommended last week in favor of publishing the [mutH5N1] results." Still, it adds, "there is no word on exactly when those papers — withheld since last fall by the journals Nature and Science — will appear."

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The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

Researchers traced a gene cluster linked to COVID-19 severity to Neanderthals, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: soil bacteria-derived small molecules affect centrosomal protein, microfluidics approach for capturing circulating tumor cells, and more.