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A study led by UCL scientist Helen Donoghue has used genetic analysis of skeletons 9,000 years old to find that they were infected with tuberculosis. They are the earliest known cases of TB to be confirmed with DNA testing, and make the case for TB occurring 3,000 years earlier than thought and not having evolved from the first domesticated cattle, reports this Discover blog post.

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.