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Not a Favored Move

The director of the Wellcome Trust criticizes the plan to replace Public Health England, the Guardian reports.

The Telegraph reports that the UK health secretary plans to replace Public Health England with a new health protection agency.

Been Around for Years

A century-old collection of microbes is enabling researchers to study their evolution over the years, the New York Times reports.

UK OKs Antibody Test

The Telegraph reports Public Health England has approved a coronavirus antibody test.

Following its Path

The UK is launching a research consortium to sequence SARS-CoV-2 samples from patients.

The consortium, which spans more than a dozen UK cities, will sequence patient samples to understand the spread and evolution of the novel coronavirus.

Public Health England will use the company's Victor EnLite instrument and EnLite Neonatal TREC kit at three of six sites to evaluate screening newborns for "Bubble Boy" disease.

Using real-time nanopore metagenomic sequencing, researchers ruled out enhanced human-to-human transmission of Lassa virus during an outbreak in Nigeria last year.

Scientists have sequenced more than 2,700 distinct strains from the National Collection of Type Cultures, a non-profit biorepository run by Public Health England.

Mishandling Them

The Guardian reports that labs in the UK have had safety incidents involving pathogens.


AstraZeneca has released its coronavirus vaccine trial protocol, according to the New York Times.

Time magazine looks into how liquid biopsies are changing cancer care.

According to the Guardian, more than 150 countries have signed on to a global SARS-CoV-2 vaccine plan.

In PNAS this week: similar muscle protein patterns across hypertrophic cardiomyopathy phenotypes, analysis of gene expression and brain anatomy in major depression, and more.