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A team of researchers published a study last September describing efforts to measure the biodiversity of an area by collecting soil samples and sequencing the DNA from the various skin, scales, and waste samples present. Now, says Nature News' Ewen Callaway, researchers are collecting DNA from bloodsucking leeches to find DNA from a rare Asian antelope called the saola.

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Russia says its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has a very high efficacy rate in an initial analysis of clinical trial data, according to the Financial Times.

Wired reports on a microbial analysis of sketches drawn by Leonardo DaVinci.

A new survey explores coronavirus vaccine hesitancy among Black and Latino individuals, the Washington Post reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: the Aging Atlas database, a database of human metagenome-related metadata, and more.