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The New York Times reports that FBI and state agencies in the US are "vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted." According to the article, the FBI plans to ramp up its DNA database to receive 1.2 million new entries per year, compared to the current rate of 80,000 per year.

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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.