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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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Russia says its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has a very high efficacy rate in an initial analysis of clinical trial data, according to the Financial Times.

Wired reports on a microbial analysis of sketches drawn by Leonardo DaVinci.

A new survey explores coronavirus vaccine hesitancy among Black and Latino individuals, the Washington Post reports.

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