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The ancestor of a bat coronavirus may have obtained a receptor binding motif found among pangolin coronaviruses through a recombination event.

The funding marks the second cycle of CZI's Essential Open Source Software program, which awards between $50,000 and $250,000 in total costs per project.

In Cell this week: strategy for prophylactic antiviral CRISPR in human cells; influence of obesity, genetics, and hormone signaling on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma; and more.

The seven-year grant renews funding for the Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group, led by Duke University and UCSF, with $15 million in 2020.

Retraction Watch reports that the National Institutes of Health plans to remove conditions it placed on Duke University in 2018 following instances of research misconduct.

According to the Associated Press, three universities and a healthcare institution are sharing a gift of $1 billion.

Not a Dime Again

A former Duke University biologist who was found to have fabricated data in 39 papers has been banned from receiving federal funding.

A new sequencing-based method developed by Duke University's Kate Meyer is one of several that can detect RNA methylation without the use of antibodies.

Additional 'Geniuses'

The MacArthur Foundation has revealed this year's recipients of its 'genius' award, the New York Times reports.

The researchers repurposed type I variants of class 1 CRISPR systems to make them usable for DNA targeting and transcriptional control.

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Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.

Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.

The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.

This week in Science: Neanderthal Y chromosomes replaced by Homo sapiens Y chromosomes, and more.