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In this week's Nature Genetics, a group led by scientists from the University of Sydney reports sequencing the genome of the koala, the only extant species of the marsupial family Phascolarctidae. The researchers found an expansion within a cytochrome gene family involved in detoxification that allows koalas to live off of phenolic-rich eucalyptus leaves, and describe smell and taste receptor genes that help koalas choose which leaves to eat.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Russia's announcement of a coronavirus vaccine approval was met with concern as safety testing has not yet been completed.

New Scientist writes there aren't much data available on the accuracy of the two rapid COVID-19 tests the UK plans to roll out.

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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.