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The Scan

BBC News says the UK is rolling out rapid COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people despite concerns over its accuracy.

Still Seems to Work

The Associated Press reports a preliminary study suggests the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is effective against the new SARS-CoV-2 variant.

In Two

Bluebird Bio is splitting into two companies, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In PLOS this week: potential neuropsychiatric drug targets identified, analysis of foodborne pathogen genome, and more.

No National Approach

A lack of a national SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing strategy is hindering the ability of the US to track and uncover emerging SARS-CoV-2 strains, according to the New York Times.

Council's Conflicts

ScienceInsider reports on the political quagmire affecting the Science Council of Japan.

Time Served

The researcher accused of attempting to smuggle research materials out of the US has been sentenced to time served, according to the Associated Press.

In Science this week: mapping the embryonic mouse heart, and more.

In a new study, researchers used base editing to extend the lives of mice with a premature aging syndrome.

Bryan Sykes Dies

Bryan Sykes, an Oxford University professor who studied genetic ancestry, has died at 73, the New York Times reports.

The Financial Times reports gene-edited crops and livestock may soon be allowed in the UK.

In Nature this week: reference genomes for the platypus and echidna, single-cell RNA sequencing analysis of gastric adenocarcinoma, and more.

South African researchers are investigating whether COVID-19 vaccines are effective against a SARS-CoV-2 strain recently identified there, the Associated Press reports.

Second Vaccine for EU

The Wall Street Journal reports the European Medicines Agency has approved Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Not Yet There

The Guardian reports that visas for some members of the World Health Organization team investigating the origins of SAR-CoV-2 have not yet been approved by China.

In Genome Biology this week: loci linked to longitudinal pediatric bone accrual, role of complement cascade gene in pancreatic cancer metastases, and more.

Haven Folds

The Wall Street Journal reports that the company launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to transform healthcare is closing.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official tells CNN the agency plans to boost the number of SARS-CoV-2 samples that are sequenced in the US.

Wired speaks with National Human Genomics Research Institute's Eric Green about the Human Genome Project.

In PNAS this week: selection affecting inborn errors of immunity, structure of an ADP ribose-hydrolyzing protein macrodomain in a bat coronavirus, and more.

China has approved a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developed by the state-owned Sinopharm, according to NPR.

Science notes that the open-access requirements of Plan S go into effect this month.

Otherwise Similar

The New York Times reports that the SARS-CoV-2 strain recently identified in the UK appears to be more easily transmitted, but otherwise is similar to other viral strains.

In PLOS this week: genomic and transcriptomic analysis of conjunctival melanoma, phylogenetic analysis of Clostridioides difficile, and more.

Found in Colorado

The New York Times reports the first case of the SARS-CoV-2 strain that is suspected to be more infectious has been identified in the US.


Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.