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A Reuters survey of top researchers has named MIT's Rudolf Jaenisch the "hottest" in the world, saying his MIT stem cell lab has consistently broken barriers in the field. The annual list also named noted genomics experts at the Broad Institute: Eric Lander, Mark Daly, and David Altshuler. Jaenisch works with embryonic stem cells and iPS cells, and had 14 of the most cited papers, according to the survey. His research uses iPS cells to study Parkinson's disease and sickle-cell anemia.

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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.