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Not only is FDA interested in learning more about direct-to-consumer genetic tests — the deputy director of the device evaluation section wrote a letter to the Pathway Genomics CEO asking him to provide the FDA clearance or approval number for Genetic Health Report or explain why he thinks it doesn't need clearance — so is the US House of Representatives.

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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.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.