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A recent study, commissioned by ATCC, sheds new light on the challenges of research reproducibility. Pressure to publish, inadequate study design, and bias toward publishing positive results are all major contributors to the problem. Fortunately, identifying these issues is an important step towards improving them. To some degree, this is a cultural issue within the scientific community, and an attitudinal shift is necessary to solve it.

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

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

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

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