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The J. Craig Venter Institute announced on Wednesday that it has successfully used S. cerevisiae to assemble the genome of the Mycoplasma genitalium bacteria, says this blog post at Good Read. Initially using E. coli, they switched to yeast and found the assembly platform could build the entire genome in one step, according to a yet-to-be published PNAS study.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.