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In an amicus brief filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding the ACLU-Myriad gene patenting case, James Watson argues that genes should not be patented. (Duke University's Center for Public Genomics has posted the brief here.) Watson writes that genes are a product of nature and encode "vital information" that directs whether a person is male or female, or blonde or brunette.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.