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Putting Feces to Work

This one's not for your lunch break: Daisy Ginsberg and James King, from London's Royal College of Art, teamed up with the University of Cambridge's International Genetically Engineered Machine Jamboree team to create a "Scatalog" — a briefcase full of wax stool sample models flecked with different colors. The Cambridge group transformed E. coli "into a living, color-coded chemical detector they dubbed E. chromi," The Scientist reports. "E. chromi can detect arsenic and turn orange or red or brown or purple or yellow depending on how much it finds."

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.