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A story in the BBC reports on the expected shift in human embryonic stem cell research policy under the incoming Obama administration. Many scientists are hopeful that he will lift the restrictive 2001 ban on certain cell lines, while others hope to see an infusion of cash and increased policy to support true bench-to-bedside research. "The impact of eight years under the previous administration for stem cell research has really been devastating," says Tom Okarma, head of stem cell company Geron.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.