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A team led by investigators at the University of Toronto reports in a paper published online in advance in Genome Biology this week, a draft genome and transcriptome of the Purple Kush strain of a plant they say "occupies a unique role in human culture," Cannabis sativa. The Toronto-led team reports having sequenced genomic DNA and RNA from the marijuana strain using short-read approaches.

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Pfizer and BioNTech announce they are seeking FDA authorization for their candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Science has retracted a 2007 paper from a former Dutch minister and his colleagues, according to Retraction Watch.

The New York Times reports that a plan to cull minks in Denmark to prevent the spread of a new SARS-CoV-2 strain led to calls for the prime minister's resignation.

In Science this week: winner of the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists, and more.