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The Associated Press reports on challenges faced by Black scientists during fieldwork.

By combining genome sequence data with phylogenetics and other clues, two teams looked at the SARS-CoV-2 introductions that sparked outbreaks in North America and Europe.

Watch the Packages

Buzzfeed News reports the University of Washington has warned researchers there to be on the lookout for suspicious packages.

Labs are finding cheaper, higher-throughput ways to determine the inflection points in gene expression within a particular cell.

Uncertainty Ahead

Wired reports that coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lab shutdowns and policy changes are having an effect on the careers of young researchers.

In PNAS this week: Zika virus mutation linked to increased transmission, variants associated with inherited hearing loss, and more.

Researchers at the University of Washington found that home-collected nasal swabs were about 80 percent sensitive compared to nasopharyngeal swabs collected by clinicians.

Unlike previously described cytidine deaminases, this toxin catalyzes the deamination of cytidines within double-stranded DNA, the researchers said.

Researchers identified secondary or incidental findings in just over 3 percent of the nearly 22,000 EMERGE III participants, who were profiled with a 109-gene panel.

Black principal investigators receive less favorable application scores when seeking US National Institutes of Health grants, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

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Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.

Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.

The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.

This week in Science: Neanderthal Y chromosomes replaced by Homo sapiens Y chromosomes, and more.