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A team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences has found that that the mosquito gut microbiome interacts with a pathogenic fungus to influence mortality. The team found mosquitoes with gut microbiota die more quickly when infected with the pathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana. Fungal infection, they report, leads to dysbiosis of the mosquito gut microbiome, particularly an increase in bacterial load and a decrease in bacterial diversity.

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The UK is investing £33.6 million into a controversial human SARS-CoV-2 challenge study, according to Reuters.

The Guardian reports that the UK COVID genomics consortium is monitoring mutations that are arising within circulating SARS-CoV-2 strains for any that may affect future vaccines.

Science reports that Max Planck and Nature have struck a deal for affiliated authors to publish papers that are accessible to the public as well as access Nature-branded journals.

In PNAS this week: genomic analysis of ancient animals from Tibet, oncoproteins tied to WEE1 kinase enzyme inhibitor response, and more.