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With approaches such as zinc finger nucleases, stem cells, and transposon mutagenesis, rats are becoming more popular as lab animals, reports The Boston Globe. Mice have long been the experimental animal of choice, but there are some instances in which mice are not as good a model for human systems.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

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