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In PLOS this week: rare alterations in Timothy syndrome, analysis of twins' gut microbiomes, and more.

In PNAS this week: metatranscriptomic analyses of soil viruses, links between endogenous retroviruses and memory impairment in fruit flies, and more.

ISS astronauts will soon begin testing the Oxford Nanopore MinIon and two PCR platforms while researchers on Earth continue to evaluate microarrays for use in space.

Supported by a $1.5 million grant from NASA, the project aims to characterize microbes in the crew and enclosed environment of the space station.

The partners have planned a three-year pilot and selected three NCI projects to benefit from supercomputers and expertise offered by four DOE labs.

Lawrence Livermore National Security has been awarded

The Regents of the University of California have been awarded

The Penn State Research Foundation has been awarded

Title: Biochip
Patent Number: 8,753,874
Filed: Dec. 15, 2003
Lead Inventor: Walter Gumbrecht, Siemens

Lawrence Livermore National Security and the University of California have been awarded US Patent No. 8,367,976, "Laser heating of aqueous samples on a micro-optical-electro-mechanical system."
Reginald Beer and Ian Kennedy are named as inventors.

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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.

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

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

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