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In Science this week: updated reference genome assembly for the rhesus macaque, and more.

The researchers, who also performed whole-genome sequencing on 853 macaques, found new lineage-specific genes and expanded gene families in the monkeys.

In Nature this week: donkey genome gives insight into domestication, workflow for reference-free assembly of fully phased diploid human genomes, and more.

The methods, both published in Nature Biotechnology this week, result in completely phased haplotypes, without the need for sequencing parental samples.

By chopping RNA-seq reads into smaller bits, UW-Tacoma data scientists are able to cut the alignment step to one minute, but the approach has skeptics.

Change for Spread

An early SARS-CoV-2 alteration may have enabled it to spread more easily, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: single-cell atlases of human fetal gene expression, chromatin accessibility; SARS-CoV-2 antibody prevalence in Kenya; more.

Illumina, Twist Bioscience, Western Digital, and Microsoft are teaming up with others to make DNA-based data storage technologies interoperable.

In Nature this week: sequence of the Gala apple and two of its wild relatives, analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomes highlights role of US travelers and superspreaders in transmission in Israel, and more.

In Cell this week: SARS-CoV-2 evolution and spread in North Carolina, protein and other features that distinguish mild and severe COVID-19, and more.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

In Science this week: single-cell lineage tracing technique applied to study lung cancer metastasis, and more.