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There is no evidence that the rise in COVID-19 cases in the US is due to either the recently identified UK SARS-CoV-2 or a strain that arose in the US, officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say, according to the Washington Post. However, it notes that scientists' ability to detect new variants is limited.

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Reuters reports that Germany is seeking to sequence 5 percent of patient samples that test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

23andMe and Medscape say primary care physicians are increasingly more comfortable with discussing direct-to-consumer genetic testing results.

The publisher of the Science family of journals will allow some authors to place peer-reviewed versions of their papers into publicly accessible repositories.

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