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Researchers working with induced pluripotent stem cells have struggled with a few deficiencies that have made the cells less desirable than embryonic stem cells for the treatment of disease. For one thing, says, Popular Science's Rebecca Boyle, iPS cells contain the same mutations as the person they're taken from, and current gene editing techniques to correct these deficiencies have led to cancer in mice and other side effects.

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The UK has given emergency authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the Associated Press reports.

A US advisory committee says healthcare workers and nursing home residents should be prioritized to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Financial Times.

The Wall Street Journal reports North Korean hackers have targeted half a dozen companies developing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

In Cell this week: long-term SARS-CoV-2 shedding, examination of the effects of a coronavirus spike protein mutation, and more.