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Researchers from University of Massachusetts Medical School and Genome Project Solutions present on the draft genome of the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, in Cell this week. Monarch butterflies migrate each fall from North America to central Mexico, and the researchers focus their analyses on gene families in the 273 Mb genome likely to be involved in seasonal migration.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

In Science this week: single-cell lineage tracing technique applied to study lung cancer metastasis, and more.