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Mission Bio Tapestri Designer

Mission Bio has launched Tapestri Designer, a cloud-based tool for customers to design and order single-cell DNA panels. The tool makes use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to enable customers to order customized gene panels, reducing turnaround time for panel design to minutes from weeks, according to the company. Tapestri Designer allows researchers to complete custom designs in three steps: set up an account; upload a CSV file or enter a gene, ID, or coordinate targets; and submit a design to receive results.

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Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.