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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.

The Verge reports the US has charged two individuals who allegedly work with the Chinese government with stealing trade secrets.

In Genome Biology this week: software tools to spot methylation patterns, proteome-wide association study approach, and more.

Strands of Four

New Scientist reports that researchers have found a quadruple-stranded form of DNA within healthy human cells.

Genetic factors may serve as potential modifiers of COVID-19 risk and severity, and point the way to new therapies, according to Scientific American.

In PNAS this week: role for RTP4 gene in severe malaria, other infections; CRISPR-based approach to alter gene expression; and more.

The New York Times reports two additional investigational vaccines appear to generate an immune response against SARS-CoV-2.

A High Price

A gene therapy for hemophilia could cost millions of dollars, NPR writes.

More Names Added

The Guardian reports that a letter criticizing President Donald Trump's dismissal of science has garnered more signatures during the pandemic.

In PLOS this week: Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus mosquito population genomics, strategies to profile hepatitis viruses, and more.

UK, US, and Canadian intelligence agencies say Russian-backed hackers are targeting COVID-19 research, NPR reports.

Analysis of coprolites in an Oregon cave finds they came from people who lived in the Americas prior to the emergence of the Clovis culture, Gizmodo reports.

The Los Angeles Times reports on a peptide that may treat huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening disease.

In Science this week: model to predict coral bleaching, and more.

The impact of an ancient earthquake can be seen in New Zealand kelp genomes, the New York Times reports.

More than a hundred scientific papers are to be retracted because of image reuse concerns, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Fast, But Right

An opinion piece appearing in Scientific American cautions that a balance between speed and accuracy is needed in releasing COVID-19 results.

In Nature this week: method for studying higher-order interactions among genes from single-cell data, and more.


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

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

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

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