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In the PNAS Early Edition this week, researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute and their colleagues report the genome sequences of Pediculus humanus humanus — the human body louse — and its primary bacterial endosymbiont, Candidatus Riesia pediculicola, which have implications for the study of human epidemic typhus, relapsing fever, and trench fever.

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NPR reports that researchers have developed chimeric embryos as part of work toward growing human organs in animals for organ transplants.

According to the Washington Post, the Biden Administration is set to make changes to federal restrictions on fetal tissue research.

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