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The New York Times book reviews this weekend covers Blood Matters, a book by Moscow-based journalist Masha Gessen, who describes her experiences and the effect on her family of testing positive for the BRCA1 mutation. The Times calls the book very funny and liberating, and concludes that "it's also very lucid, even when the science gets complex."

 

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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.