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A Plan in Place

Nestled on the North Shore of Long Island, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory stands out for its lack of damage in an area otherwise hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy, writes Elizabeth Pennisi at ScienceInsider. Bruce Stillman, the president of CSHL, tells her that after being hit by Hurricane Gloria in 1985, the lab came up with a preparedness plan. "Lessons learned from there really put us in good shape," Stillman says.

Pennisi adds that CSHL has eight diesel generators in place to run freezers, incubators, and the cafeteria, and had stored up five days' worth of food. "We think we can last rather indefinitely as long as we can get diesel," Stillman adds.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.