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The concept of "informed consent" is being debated as geneticists, researchers, clinicians and ethicists try to figure out how to keep the case of the Havasupai Indians versus Arizona State University from happening again. The tribe sued the university, and won a settlement, after they said the researchers who had taken blood samples to test for diabetes also used the samples for other genetic testing without telling the tribe first.

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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.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.