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Recent studies on phylogeny and evolution suggest that the tree of life may have a fourth branch. Some of this evidence, says Carl Zimmer at The Loom, comes from a newly-discovered group of viruses, called "giant viruses" because they are about a hundred times bigger than typical viruses and can have more than 1,000 genes.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.

A large genetic study finds SARS-CoV-2 viruses with a certain variant are spreading more than others, according to the Washington Post.

In Nature this week: sister-chromatid-sensitive chromosome conformation capture approach, and more.