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In PNAS this week: study of gene mutation implicated in deafness, examination of codon origins, and more.

Suit Over Pay

Five tenured Rutgers University professors are suing the school over pay disparities, according to the New York Times

The new company, called Infinity Biologix, will continue to operate out of Rutgers' New Brunswick campus with over 400 technicians and scientists.

A number of diagnostic labs have considered saliva-based SARS-CoV-2 testing but decided against it, while other groups continue to pursue it.

At Scientific American, a trio calls on community leaders, scientists, and others to prevent increased racial and economic disparities in science due to pandemic-related school closures.

In PLOS this week: sequencing-based way to uncover drug resistance in tuberculosis bacteria, genetic population structure of mosquito vectors, and more.

Replacing nasopharyngeal swabs with saliva samples or nasal swabs could increase throughput and convenience, as well as relieve reagent and equipment shortages.

Several labs and at least one company have been working on assays that add samples directly to the PCR reaction and don't require RNA extraction, a time-consuming step.

Originally developed by Thermo Fisher Scientific, the test is modified for use on additional specimen types, including saliva, as well as with alternative nucleic acid extraction and amplification systems.

The company recently inked deals with Mammoth Biosciences and Rutgers University to license a protein discovery platform and gene editing technology.

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Russia says its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has a very high efficacy rate in an initial analysis of clinical trial data, according to the Financial Times.

Wired reports on a microbial analysis of sketches drawn by Leonardo DaVinci.

A new survey explores coronavirus vaccine hesitancy among Black and Latino individuals, the Washington Post reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: the Aging Atlas database, a database of human metagenome-related metadata, and more.