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In Nature this week, Research out of Stanford identifies three factors that, when expressed in combination, rapidly and efficiently convert mouse embryonic and postnatal fibroblasts into functional neurons in vitro. Asc11, Brn2, and Myt11 have shown to induce neuronal cells that express multiple neuron-specific proteins and form functional synapses.

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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.