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Malcolm Casadaban, a researcher at the University of Chicago, died last week, reports the Chicago Tribune. A cause of death was not immediately obvious, though he was exposed to a weakened form of the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis. Casadaban studied the federally-approved version of organism to develop a stronger vaccine against the bacterium.

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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.