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The Garage Lab

A news story at Nature looks into "bio-hackers," people who are setting up biology labs in their garages, basements, or kitchens. "For now, most members of the do-it-yourself, or DIY, biology community are hobbyists, rigging up cheap equipment and tackling projects that … are creative proof of the hacker principle," Heidi Ledford reports, though Rob Carlson, a main figure in the field, says that it could lead to a change in the marketplace.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

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