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Odd Little Virus

Researchers in Brazil have uncovered an amoeba-infecting virus unlike any other virus, Live Science reports.

They collected water samples from near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to search for giant viruses, which are known to infect amoebas, but when the researchers tested the samples, they also found a small virus that infected the amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii, as the Federal University of Minas Gerais' Jônatas Abrahão tells Live Science.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.