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A few years ago, researchers discovered the largest viral genome on the planet — that of the Mimivirus, which infects freshwater amoeba. It's genome contains more than 1 million base pairs, and encodes genes that had previously only been found in living cells, according to Ars Technica's John Timmer.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

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