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The Human Microbiome Project Consortium has borne fruit — 14 new studies have been published in Nature, Genome Biology, and in a number of PLoS journals by large multidisciplinary groups of researchers across the US mapping the microbiomes of healthy human beings, says the Broad Institute in a press release. The studies aim to describe what kinds of microbes are found in healthy people and what their purposes are.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

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