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In Science this week, investigators at The Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine in Israel show that specific E. coli mRNAs "are targeted to the future destination of their encoded proteins, cytoplasm, poles, or inner membrane in a translation-independent manner." The Hebrew University team says that contrary to the common belief that "transcription and translation are coupled in bacteria," its results show that post-synthesis, some mRNAs in E.

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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.