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In early online publication in Science, scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute led by Sanjay Vashee report cloning a bacterial genome in yeast. Their work cloned a modified Mycoplasma mycoides genome inside a yeast cell as a plasmid, and then transferred that to a Mycoplama capricolum and watched it divide into a viable M. mycoides cell.

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

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.