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The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub is teaming up with the California Department of Public Health to offer viral genome sequencing of samples from COVID-19 patients, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

By sequencing patient samples, scientists may be able to tease out patterns of viral transmittance and determine, for instance, if two infected co-workers were infected at work or at separate, non-work-related events, it says. 

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A survey by Nature finds that most researchers want scientific meetings to continue virtually or with a virtual component, even after the pandemic ends.

Bloomberg reports that the B.1.351 SARS-CoV-2 viral variant could prompt the formulation of better vaccines.

Certain blood proteins may be able to distinguish COVID-19 patients who will become critically ill from those who will not, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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