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In early online edition this week, Canadian scientists used whole genome sequencing on three strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae that had been made resistant to the antibiotic linezolid. Comparative analysis revealed mutations in the 23S rRNA gene in all mutants and at G2576T, a previously recognized resistance mutation. Mutations in an additional 31 genes were also found in at least one of the three genomes.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

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