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This article from the UK's Guardian reports that Britain's Parliament approved a bill that will allow scientists "to produce human-animal 'hybrid embryos' for stem cells, and use 'saviour siblings' to provide bone marrow or umbilical cord tissue for treating genetic conditions." The newspaper refers to the approval as "the most significant shake-up of embryology laws for 20 years."

 

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.