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The Zoom PhD Defense

At Nature Careers, a postdoc gives advice for graduate students who have to do their PhD defenses remotely.

The project will provide approved researchers with access to samples and deidentified data collected from volunteer patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The $10 million initiative will include scientists from the University of California's campuses, as well as from governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

The work is being conducted as part of the Human Cell Atlas initiative, which was launched in 2016 to create a reference atlas of all human cell types.

Just a Quick Swim

New Scientist reports that swimming in the ocean can change someone's skin microbiome for at least a day.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: updated Aspergillus niger genome annotation, high-throughput sequencing strategy for profiling RNA structure, and more.

The University of California, Irvine, is also removing his name from its biological sciences school, according to the New York Times.

The award will go toward the development of MicrobeDx's technology for detecting the presence of bacteria in clinical urine specimens and to which antibiotics they are susceptible.

In PLOS this week, new genes associated with prostate cancer risk, genetic patterns in M. bovis, and more.

Extra Variation

A new fruit fly genome sequence has uncovered additional variation that affects key fly traits.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.