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A news item in Science reports on the rise of biotech in Hong Kong, which in recent years has dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to attract translational scientists and research centers to the area. In an anecdote of an up-and-coming biotech company, Science profiles Albert Cheung-Hoi Yu and his company, Hai Kang Life, which "rolled out a novel chip that binds target DNA strands and coats them with nanoparticles for identification." The chip is currently being tested for pathogen detection.

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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.

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