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A non-genomics researcher mentioned to Mike the Mad Biologist that there was a lot of criticism of the E. coli 104:H4 outbreak sequences, and Mike writes on his blog that he wasn't sure what his colleague was referring to. Then he realized that assessments of the quality of the sequence data could look like criticism of the science to an outsider, even when it's not.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.

A large genetic study finds SARS-CoV-2 viruses with a certain variant are spreading more than others, according to the Washington Post.

In Nature this week: sister-chromatid-sensitive chromosome conformation capture approach, and more.