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An article in Technology Review takes a closer look at the nascent field of molecular imaging. Scientists at the NCI and the University of Tokyo designed a pH-sensitive fluorescent probe to seek out and grab on to specific receptors on a tumor's surface and light up only when the probe has made it inside a cancer cell. They tested the probe on HER2-positive tumors in mice and found that the probe detected tumors with 99 percent accuracy compared to an "always on" probe, which only detected 85 percent of the tumors.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a small group of breakthrough COVID-19 cases, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense is to use genetic genealogy approaches to identify the remains of unknown soldiers.

Vox and Nature discuss the importance of preparing for the next pandemic.

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