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A Genetics Gaffe

In a letter to Nature published in last week's print edition, Michael Eisen at the University of California, Berkeley, points out that DNA molecule illustration adorning the journal's September 9 cover is twisted backwards. "It could not escape my notice that your cover … is dominated by a DNA molecule with a pronounced left-handed helical twist," Eisen writes.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

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