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In the early, online edition of PNAS this week, Japanese and American researchers report on stripped down bacterial genomes developed from the industrial bug Streptomyces avermitilis. By systematically deleting non-essential genes, the team was left with deletion mutations containing between 81 and 83 percent of the original S. avermitilis genome.

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The UK has given emergency authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the Associated Press reports.

A US advisory committee says healthcare workers and nursing home residents should be prioritized to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Financial Times.

The Wall Street Journal reports North Korean hackers have targeted half a dozen companies developing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

In Cell this week: long-term SARS-CoV-2 shedding, examination of the effects of a coronavirus spike protein mutation, and more.