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In yet another year-in-review piece, Wired congratulates genetic engineers by naming "the top 10 organisms that didn't exist on Dec. 31, 2006." Students from the iGEM competition got recognition for creating a strain of E. coli that can produce butanol fuel. GTO was struck by what a good year it was for felines: the Wired list includes glow-in-the-dark cats, hypoallergenic cats, and schizophrenic mice.

 

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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.

In Nature this week: comparison of five circulating tumor DNA assays, resequencing analysis of lettuce gives insight into its domestication, and more.