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It seems like everything these days can be customized to suit a particular need or want — everything from cars, shoes, and clothes, to bacteria. Synthetic biologists are working to create novel bacteria for all kinds of industrial uses, like organisms that could secrete biofuels or clean up oil spills, says the Boston Globe's Carolyn Johnson.

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

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