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The Washington Post discusses how graduate students in the US are affected by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the reopening of universities. 

In PLOS this week: FANCJ mutations linked to increased sensitivity to certain drugs, host genetic factors influence wound microbiomes, and more.

A draft sequence of a diploid A cotton genome released yesterday will lay the groundwork for sequencing the tetraploid genome of widely cultivated cotton species.

The test is the latest of several Alzheimer's biomarker panels developed on Rules-Based Medicine's DiscoveryMAP platform. The company plans to develop a specialized assay for research use by next year with a lab-developed test potentially following shortly thereafter.

Researchers participating in the Texas Alzheimer's Research Consortium have identified protein biomarkers in blood that differ between individuals with and without Alzheimer's disease and incorporated them into an algorithm for detecting Alzheimer's cases.

 By genotyping nuclear and mitochondrial sequences from fruit-eating bats in the Caribbean and mainland South America, a Texas Tech University research team has found evidence for hybridization in a Caribbean species called Artibeus schwartzi.

The $200,000 grant also dovetails with an existing grant under which the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Pure Vaccine Solutions aim to look for new disease-specific biomarkers for West Nile virus. Both Receptor Logic and Pure Vaccine Solutions are portfolio companies of VC shop Emergent Technologies.

Bayer CropScience has licensed the technology from the university’s genomics and biotech center.

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.