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A Medical University of South Carolina researcher was arrested and accused of supplying stem cells for unapproved therapies, reports Nature's News Blog. According to the indictment, Vincent Dammai received umbilical cord blood from Global Laboratories, which received it from a licensed midwife, who was also arrested. Dammai allegedly then derived cord blood stem cells and sent them back to Global.

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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.