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Researchers at Ohio State University published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrating their studies of high-energy states of DNA and RNA using ultraviolet light, rather than fluorescence, illustrating what they call the "dark state" of these molecules. Since UV light can lead to genetic alterations, it is posited that these "dark states" may cause damage to DNA.

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Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

An opinion piece at the Guardian discusses the state of SARS-CoV-2 testing in the UK.

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