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A town in the UK is launching a study with the hope of eventually testing all its residents for COVID-19 each week, New Scientist reports.

It adds that the new test, rather than relying on uncomfortable nasal swabs, uses more readily accessible saliva samples and that the test is based on an approach called RT-LAMP that may be cheaper and faster than the standard PCR approach. 

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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.