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Stephen Quake's lab at Stanford has designed a microfluidic device that can be used to isolate a single bacterial cell and sequence its genome, reports Technology Review. Using this new technique to sequence the whole genome of unculturable bacterial cells could provide insight into infectious disease research, according to experts interviewed.

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UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

The Washington Post reports that the White House chief of staff has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to justify the stricter standards it is seeking for a coronavirus vaccine.

President Donald Trump's "good genes" comment raises eugenics concerns, CNN reports.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of tremor condition, analysis of a West and Central African tree used in traditional medicine, and more.