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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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CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.