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Their Own Guinea Pigs

Technology Review reports some researchers are trying homemade SARS-CoV-2 vaccines on themselves.

According to NPR, there were irregularities in how the contract to collect COVID-19 data was awarded to TeleTracking Technologies.

In Nature this week: a suite of papers describing functional elements within the genome, and more.

Revived From the Deep

New Scientist reports that researchers have brought back microbes that may have been dormant under the ocean floor for millions of years.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, biotech firms there are beginning to explore issues of diversity in the workforce.

Blood Marker, Maybe

New studies suggest levels of a blood protein that may reflect whether someone has Alzheimer's disease.

In Genome Research this week: approach to determine lncRNA function, transcriptome pattern across vertebrate cells, and more.

According to Buzzfeed News, hackers have targeted users of two genetic genealogy sites.

Waiting, Waiting

Reuters reports that supply chain problems are contributing to the long wait for COVID-19 testing results.

Behind the Database

The New York Times looks into the career of the doctor who founded Surgisphere, the company whose database was used in two now-retracted COVID-19 studies.

In PNAS this week: possible cancer targets due to homologous recombination defects, approach for detecting digenic disease inheritance, and more.

Phase III Begins

NPR reports Moderna has begun Phase III testing of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is to release diversity data on its staff, according to the Verge.

At Science, Shi Zhengli from the Wuhan Institute of Virology denies any link to the emergence of SARS-CoV-2.

In PLOS this week: method to detect SARS-CoV-2 directly from swabs, gene expression patterns in Kaposi's sarcoma, and more.

More Boy Calves

Grist reports that a University of California, Davis, team has edited the genome of a calf so that he'll be more likely to produce male offspring.

Consumer Reports points out a regulatory gap in the US surrounding direct-to-consumer genetic tests that it says lawmakers should address.

Wine Pest Sequenced

Researchers have sequenced the genome of an aphid-like insect that destroyed French vineyards in the 19th century, the Guardian reports.

In Science this week: researchers recover near-complete smallpox virus genomes from Viking Age-individuals, and more.

A European Union budget deal provides less funding than expected for its Horizon Europe research program, according to Science.

The US Commerce Department has placed two BGI Group subsidiaries on a list of entities it suspects of human rights violations, allegations the company denies, Reuters reports.

Trying a Quick Screen

Wired reports on an effort to use a loop-mediated isothermal amplification-based, or LAMP, test to screen for COVID-19 in a Wisconsin city.

In Nature this week: high-quality reference genomes for six bat species, machine-learning approach to identify cell types responding to perturbations in single-cell data, and more.

The All of Us research program is investigating racial disparities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Los Angeles Times.

All the Same Data

According to the New York Times, a group led by former CDC Director Thomas Frieden has issued guidelines for what coronavirus data states should report.


A study of families explores how children transmit SARS-CoV-2, according to the Associated Press.

US Agricultural Research Service scientists have sequenced the genome of the Asian giant hornet.

According to the Economist, pooled testing for COVID-19 could help alleviate strains on testing labs.

In Science this week: MIT researchers outline approach dubbed translatable components regression to predict treatment response among IBD patients.