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Researchers working on "radical" ideas have a new place to get funding, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. Billionaire tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel has launched a new program called Breakout Labs, offering grants to independent researchers working on ideas that are a little out there, Kaiser says.

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23andMe has launched a new tool that estimates someone's risk of developing severe COVID-19 if infected, Bloomberg reports.

The Guardian reports that Pasteur Institute researchers are halting their development of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine following disappointing initial results.

The Wall Street Journal reports that an increased number of younger patients have been hospitalized as the new SARS-CoV-2 strain spread across the UK.

In Cell this week: proteomic patterns among COVID-19 affected tissue samples, transcriptome atlas of developing intestines, and more.