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As part of their final year of the scientific baccalaureate, 17 and 18-year-old French students have long been using plasmids to create transgenic Escherichia coli and now that classroom exercise has been to expanded allow younger 15- and 16-year-old students to take part. That prompted an outcry from France's Committee for Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering, reports Nature News.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

In Science this week: single-cell lineage tracing technique applied to study lung cancer metastasis, and more.