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The European Society of Human Genetics has published recommendations on gene patents as they pertain to genetic testing, reports the Eye on DNA blog. In her post, Hsien-Hsien Lei outlines the key points, such as that genetic tests looking at more than one gene shouldn't be overly patented, but that genetic tests combined with protein or metabolite measurements might have multiple patents.

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.