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A recent article in Nature News describes how Leonid Margulis was trying to grow HIV in tonsil tissue infected with herpes, but he couldn't sustain the HIV infection. (Co-infection seems to accelerate HIV progression in people.)  This strain of herpes (HHV-6) blocks the CCR5 receptors that HIV uses to enter cells -- exerting a selective pressure on HIV that makes it more virulent.

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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.