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phylogenetic analysis

Low levels of lymphocytes appeared to predict disease severity among a cohort of more than 300 COVID-19 patients, while viral genetic differences did not.

In PNAS this week: concerns regarding proposed SARS-CoV-2 phylogenetic network, adaptations that help Enterococcus establish infections, and more.

Watch It Go

The Wall Street Journal has put together maps of how SARS-CoV-2 has spread based on genetic mutations that have accrued in the virus.

From the Freezer

A Glasgow University-led team says the livestock-infecting bluetongue virus may have re-emerged through contaminated frozen stocks.

In Genome Biology this week: computational approach to determine phylogenetic relationships from single-cell data, metagenomic classification pipeline, and more.

Researchers at Mount Sinai, NYU School of Medicine, and Weill Cornell Medicine sequenced hundreds of SARS-CoV-2 genomes from NYC patients for phylogenetic analyses.

pangolin

A sequencing analysis led by researchers at Shantou University in China provides evidence that pangolins may be an intermediary host for SARS-CoV-2.

Researchers sequenced about 200 mumps cases from Massachusetts and elsewhere to understand how the virus spread locally and more broadly in 2016 and 2017.

Chinese researchers conducted a systematic comparison between the newly discovered coronavirus genome and SARS-like viruses that caused previous epidemics.

In PNAS this week: genomic analysis of the venomous Hispaniolan solenodon, Epstein-Barr virus amplification in replication compartments, and more.

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Nobel laureates and scientific societies urge NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services to revisit the recent decision to end funding for a coronavirus grant.

Bloomberg reports that BGI's SARS-CoV-2 testing sites in the Middle East have raised concerns among US officials.

A new Pew Research Center poll finds confidence in medical researchers has grown among US adults since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Science this week: machine learning algorithm for faster Mendelian disorder diagnoses, gene linked to safe response to nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, and more.