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Kathy Hudson, the director of Johns Hopkins Genetics & Public Policy Center, will be NIH director Francis Collins's chief of staff, reports Science Insider. As part of that job, Hudson plans to work with FDA to oversee genetic testing, which she advocated while at Hopkins.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.

A large genetic study finds SARS-CoV-2 viruses with a certain variant are spreading more than others, according to the Washington Post.

In Nature this week: sister-chromatid-sensitive chromosome conformation capture approach, and more.