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Two articles in this week's issue of Science provide insight into the function of the ribosome in bacterial protein synthesis, specifically how its structure affects decoding and translocation in Thermus thermophilus. Work led by first authors T. Martin Schmeing and Rebecca Voorhees of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, resolved the crystal structure of the ribosome bound to elongation factor-Tu and amino-acyl tRNA, lending insight into how EF-Tu aids decoding.

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Science reports that a new White House Office of Management and Budget memo rescinds previous ones that helped research institutions deal with pandemic-related closures.

Researchers report on a concerning strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus found among pigs in China, Agence France Presse reports.

The Associated Press reports that US officials are considering allowing pooled COVID-19 testing.

In Genome Research this week: Y chromosome gene expression analysis, de novo mutations rise with paternal age in rhesus macaques, and more.