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This article in the Economist considers why rat control in Asia, where black rats are more common than the brown rats that spread in Europe, has been particularly difficult. Scientist Ken Aplin from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Australia just completed work indicating broader genetic diversity than expected among black rats, which could indicate why different control methods are needed.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

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