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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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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

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