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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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Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.

A new analysis suggests the B.1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2 could be deadlier than previous ones, according to the Guardian.

NPR reports Merck is halting the development of its two candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccines following disappointing Phase 1 results.

In PLOS this week: gene mutation linked to inherited venous thrombosis, lncRNA patterns in the Asian tiger mosquito, and more.