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NEW YORK – Epic Sciences said on Thursday that it has signed a licensing agreement with the University of Southern California's Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience to improve the firm's liquid biopsy platform and allow for more precise characterization of rare circulating tumor cells (CTCs).

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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.