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Researchers are hoping to make the technology a success for the environment and human health while avoiding the biases that resulted from the debate over GMOs.

The assay can be used to pool up to five specimens collected from individuals suspected of having COVID-19 or from asymptomatic patients.

As part of the strategy paper, the institute also compiled a list of 10 bold predictions for human genomics that might come true by 2030.

The new "moonshot" plan, as the government refers to it, will be based on using rapid testing of nasal swabs and saliva using platforms with a turnaround time of 20 to 90 minutes.

The panel also said that if any nation does decide to allow germline genome editing, its use should be limited to preventing serious monogenic diseases.

The UK has given emergency authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the Associated Press reports.

A US advisory committee says healthcare workers and nursing home residents should be prioritized to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Financial Times.

The Wall Street Journal reports North Korean hackers have targeted half a dozen companies developing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

In Cell this week: long-term SARS-CoV-2 shedding, examination of the effects of a coronavirus spike protein mutation, and more.