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Despite differences in their migration habits, eastern and western monarch butterflies are genetically similar, according to a study in Molecular Ecology.

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub is working with California's health department to sequence viral samples from COVID-19 patients to trace viral introductions, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In PLOS this week: identification of fungal species in subcutaneous infections, sequencing of Campylobacter found in raw meat from retail stores, and more.

Editing Squid

Researchers have used CRISPR-Cas9 to efficiently target a cephalopod pigmentation gene, as they report in Current Biology.

Minnesota police have used genetic genealogy to make an arrest in a 1986 cold case, reports NBC News.

From the Recovered

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Food and Drug Administration may soon issue an Emergency Use Authorization for convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients.

In Science this week: chromatin accessibility of microglia during fetal development, and more.

A new analysis finds that Nobel Prizes are concentrated among a handful of sub-disciplines in the fields they cover.

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.


Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.

Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.

The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.

This week in Science: Neanderthal Y chromosomes replaced by Homo sapiens Y chromosomes, and more.