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Here's an article from today's New York Times reporting on scientific efforts to use bioengineering methods to alter the properties of wood, making it easier in the long run to use trees to make biofuels. The process, developed by a team led by Vincent Chiang at North Carolina State University, uses mechanisms such as inserting a reverse copy of a gene to limit the tree's formation of a compound called lignin.

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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.