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So Punk

Do-it-yourself biology has its band of followers and, soon, a book recounting some of its exploits. Marcus Wohlsen's Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life is to come out next month and it details projects going on in people's kitchens and basements that tackle cancer and aging, but also how projects could go wrong. "In Biopunk, I chronicle a growing community of DIY scientists working outside the walls of corporations and universities who are committed to democratizing DNA the way the Internet did information," Wohlsen says at his blog.

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.