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Lost in Translation

Harvard University's George Church tells The Boston Herald that his remarks to the German news magazine Der Spiegel regarding Neandertal cloning were the victim of misinterpretation and poor translation. "I'm certainly not advocating it," Church says to the Herald. "I'm saying, if it is technically possible someday, we need to start talking about it today."

As Susan Young at Technology Review notes, "the idea of a surrogate mother for a Neanderthal baby is an interesting thought experiment. If we have the technology in hand (or close to hand), it seems better to have open discussion about what could be before we move to what should be."

The Scan

Response Too Slow, Cautious

A new report criticizes the global response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature News reports.

Pushed a Bit Later

Novavax has pushed back its timeline for filing for authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

AMA Announces Anti-Racism Effort

The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has released a plan to address systemic racism in healthcare.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on miRMaster 2.0, MutationTaster2021, LipidSuite

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool to examine small non-coding RNAs, approach to predict ramifications of DNA variants, and more.