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Shoba Anantha at Bitesize Bio says that the most effective way the reduce amplicon contamination in labs running PCR is to "get the bleach out." She references a 1992 study by Andrus and Prince that reports a dilution of household bleach as more effective at destroying DNA detectable by PCR than 2.0 N HCl.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

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