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Wired has an article warning scientists that proposed rules for government funding of embryonic stem cell research from the Obama administration could make "hundreds of existing cell lines ... ineligible, even those that qualified under President Bush." The story says the guidelines, which are in draft form now, were written by NIH and are expected to be finalized in July.

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.