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Leonard, one of the characters in Jeffrey Eugenides' novel The Marriage Plot, set in the 1980s, is a biologist studying yeast genetics. In the book, Leonard's description of his work brought back memories for NIH's Amar Klar, reports The New York Times. "The detailed description was of his own work. The yeast studies were ones that had made his scientific reputation.

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Science reports that a new White House Office of Management and Budget memo rescinds previous ones that helped research institutions deal with pandemic-related closures.

Researchers report on a concerning strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus found among pigs in China, Agence France Presse reports.

The Associated Press reports that US officials are considering allowing pooled COVID-19 testing.

In Genome Research this week: Y chromosome gene expression analysis, de novo mutations rise with paternal age in rhesus macaques, and more.