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Writing in Nature Biotechnology, a team led by investigators at the US National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center this week presents "a correction algorithm and assembly strategy that uses short, high-fidelity sequences to correct the error in single-molecule sequences." To demonstrate the utility of this approach, the researchers applied it to reads generated by a PacBio RS platform from phage, prokaryotic and eukaryotic whole genomes, including the previously unsequenced

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.