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And Now Machines

According to NPR, there's a growing shortage of machines to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

In Nature this week: the largest known collection of human genetic variants, and more.

A New NSF?

A new bill would reshape the US National Science Foundation to include a focus on technological development, according to Science.

A tissue sample from the 1960s harbors a near-complete sample of HIV, IFLScience reports.

Stopped It

The Food and Drug Administration's decision to halt a SARS-CoV-2 study has drawn criticism, according to Stat News.

In Genome Biology this week: features affecting gut microbiome and parasite patterns, cellular interactions in lung tumor microenvironment, and more.

ApoE and COVID-19

A study suggests people with the ApoE e4 genotype may be more likely to have severe COVID-19 than those with other genotypes, the Guardian says.

New analyses indicate female researchers are publishing less during the coronavirus pandemic than male researchers, according to Nature News.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies are searching for a genetic reason for why some people, but not others, become gravely ill with COVID-19, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In PNAS this week: forward genetics-base analysis of retinal development, interactions of T cell receptors with neoantigens in colorectal cancer, and more.

Nobel laureates and scientific societies urge NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services to revisit the recent decision to end funding for a coronavirus grant.

Confidence Boost

A new Pew Research Center poll finds confidence in medical researchers has grown among US adults since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bloomberg reports that BGI's SARS-CoV-2 testing sites in the Middle East have raised concerns among US officials.

In Science this week: machine learning algorithm for faster Mendelian disorder diagnoses, gene linked to safe response to nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, and more.

According to the Atlantic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several US states are combining viral and antibody testing data for SARS-CoV-2, making that data hard to parse.

Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has been awarded the 2020 Templeton Prize.

In Nature this week: method to uncover genetic components of complex traits, novel cytosine base editor, and more.

Flexible Trials

The Los Angeles Times writes that adaptive clinical trials may speed the search for COVID-19 treatments.

Verily is adapting its Project Baseline to study the immune system response to SARS-CoV-2, CNBC reports.

From the US to Israel

Tel Aviv University researchers have traced many coronavirus cases in Israel to a US strain, according to the Jerusalem Post.

In Cell this week: strategy for prophylactic antiviral CRISPR in human cells; influence of obesity, genetics, and hormone signaling on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma; and more.

President Donald Trump renews his call in a letter to cease US funding of the World Health Organization if the agency doesn't make changes, USA Today reports.

New UKRI Head Named

ScienceInsider reports the University of Cambridge's Ottoline Leyser is to take over UK Research and Innovation.

From Their Owners

Nature News reports that the two dogs in Hong Kong that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 likely caught it from their owners.

In PNAS this week: effect of viral infections on transposable elements in fruit flies, gene expression patterns in developing maize cuticles, and more.


Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

Noel Rose, the "father of autoimmunity," has died at 92, the Washington Post reports.

According to CNN, Legionella was discovered in buildings leased by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they reopened following coronavirus pandemic-related closures.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of malaria parasite populations in Southeast Asia, genomic surveillance of yellow fever virus in São Paulo, and more.