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The coffee berry borer beetle destroys coffee crops — it lays its eggs inside the berries, and the larvae can eat through entire fields. But to digest the carbohydrate compounds that make up 60 percent of the berries, the beetles' ancestors stole a gene from the bacteria living in their guts, says Not Exactly Rocket Science's Ed Yong.

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Russia says its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has a very high efficacy rate in an initial analysis of clinical trial data, according to the Financial Times.

Wired reports on a microbial analysis of sketches drawn by Leonardo DaVinci.

A new survey explores coronavirus vaccine hesitancy among Black and Latino individuals, the Washington Post reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: the Aging Atlas database, a database of human metagenome-related metadata, and more.