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The swine flu scare has brought one lab need center-stage in the Wall Street Journal: the shortage of lab technicians. The WSJ reports that Vanderbilt University Hospital's lab pulled people working in other parts of the hospital and had technicians work double to handle all the flu-testing.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a small group of breakthrough COVID-19 cases, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense is to use genetic genealogy approaches to identify the remains of unknown soldiers.

Vox and Nature discuss the importance of preparing for the next pandemic.

In Nature this week: comparison of five circulating tumor DNA assays, resequencing analysis of lettuce gives insight into its domestication, and more.