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NSF's Investigations

Nature News reports on the US National Science Foundation's investigations of undisclosed foreign ties among researchers it funds.

OK, So Who Is Here?

Researchers have developed a set of 10 principles to guide how a list of all species on earth should be put together, the Guardian reports.

Write It In

Wired reports on a new firm developing a gene writing approach for therapeutic genome changes.

In Nature this week: a method called cis-X combines whole-genome and transcriptome sequencing data to identify regulatory noncoding variants, and more.

Officially Notified

The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard and MIT are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over the new international student visa policy.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: algorithm to determine molecular sequence types and other microbial features, computational method to uncover R-loop structures, and more.

Same Old Error

The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

Back to Neanderthals

Researchers traced a gene cluster linked to COVID-19 severity to Neanderthals, the New York Times reports.

Own Merits

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

In PNAS this week: soil bacteria-derived small molecules affect centrosomal protein, microfluidics approach for capturing circulating tumor cells, and more.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.

Researchers report on a concerning strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus found among pigs in China, Agence France Presse reports.

Memo Roll Back

Science reports that a new White House Office of Management and Budget memo rescinds previous ones that helped research institutions deal with pandemic-related closures.

Samples All Together

The Associated Press reports that US officials are considering allowing pooled COVID-19 testing.

In Genome Research this week: Y chromosome gene expression analysis, de novo mutations rise with paternal age in rhesus macaques, and more.

Even the Wild Horses

According to the News and Observer, a project aims to analyze the DNA of wild horses from North Carolina's Outer Banks.

More Needed

According to Nature News, the updated NIH sexual harassment policy does not address all of critics' concerns.

In PNAS this week: effect of premature termination codons in the DMD gene, knock-down of DUX4 in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, and more.

A genomic analysis indicates chickens were domesticated from red jungle fowl more than 9,000 years ago, Science reports.

Another Suit

According to Retraction Watch, Ohio State University's Carlo Croce is being sued by his former lawyers for payment.

Pages

The founder of MeTooSTEM, BethAnn McLaughlin, created a Twitter account purported to be that of an LGBTQ Native American professor at Arizona State University, the New York Times writes.

Novavax reports its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to immune responses, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Gene length is associated with lifespan in a comparative genomics study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that draws on the whale shark genome.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: effort to annotate the rat transcriptome, web-based resource to characterize marine microbes, and more.