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Researchers from Portugal, reporting in PLOS Pathogens, used genome sequencing as part of their effort to understand adaptations leading to pathogenesis in Escherichia coli. Together with mathematical modeling and experiments gauging the bug's evolution and physical features, the team's genome sequence assessments suggested that the presence or absence of a lone transposable element can spell the difference between commensal and virulent E.

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SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developers are evaluating further vaccine doses as well as modified doses to keep up with new viral variants, according to CNN.

The New York Times reports that a new viral variant of concern has been identified in New York City.

In Nature this week: spatiotemporally resolved map of the human cell cycle, folding single-cell RNA sequencing into cancer drug studies, and more.

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