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An editorial in Nature argues that the worries over genetically modified crops will be "costly and wasteful" in Africa. The African Union gathered a group, including Tewolde Egziabher of Ethiopia's Environmental Protection Authority, Calestous Juma, a Harvard professor of international development, Cheick Modibo Diarra the chairman of Microsoft in Africa, that found that Africa needs new agricultural technologies, with safeguards in place.

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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.