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Maybe Not the Source

The first reported coronavirus cases in Europe and the US might not be related to the subsequent outbreaks in those areas, according to the New York Times.

Stopped It

The Food and Drug Administration's decision to halt a SARS-CoV-2 study has drawn criticism, according to Stat News.

Assays like SwabSeq, Dx-Seq, and LAMP-Seq promise to analyze tens to hundreds of thousands of samples in parallel but might be constrained by sample availability.

That Gene There

Genetic diversity in one gene appears to help the bacterium that causes syphilis evade the immune system.

In Nature this week: assembly of cotton varieties' genomes, atlas of the thermal stability of 48,000 proteins, and more.

The partners plan to collect whole-genome sequencing and SARS-CoV-2 virus genome data from more than 1,000 patients who have developed COVID-19.

In a Different Lab

NPR reports that graduate students in the US are helping with SARS-CoV-2 testing.

Ready to Run Tests

NPR reports that a Seattle lab is ready to run hundreds or even thousands of tests for SARS-CoV-2.

A new analysis finds that Neanderthal ancestry can be found across human populations, including among Africans.

In Science this week: genetic mutation linked to schizophrenia among South African Xhosas, engineering the bee microbiome to address parasite and virus, and more.


President Donald Trump announced the US would be leaving the World Health Organization, NBC News reports.

CDC head says a new analysis indicates earlier testing wouldn't have caught viral spread, NPR reports.

A study of Great Danes homes in on a genomic region linked to fearfulness.

In PLOS this week: gene expression and epigenetics of Indonesian populations, hookworm parasite secretome, and more.