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David Epstein at Sports Illustrated rounds up expert opinions about what he calls "the genetic playbook." In speaking with various geneticists, Epstein notes that all humans are distance runners from an evolutionary standpoint, and that "as more and more genes with subtle effects on athleticism have been identified, the predictive value of any single-gene test for talent … has fallen essentially to nil." Yannis Pitsiladis, a biologist at the University of Glasgow, has been c

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.