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To catch variants like omicron, the world needs to sequence way more virus genes

The US’s genome sequencing system has improved, but surveillance is dangerously inadequate in much of the world.

Booster shots today could fight omicron tomorrow

The CDC is encouraging Covid-19 booster shots now while we wait on more omicron variant data. Here’s why.

Psychiatrists are uncovering connections between viruses and mental health. They’re surprising.

Immune responses to viruses like SARS-CoV-2 may affect mental health, and vice versa. Doctors are uncovering exactly how.

Virgil Abloh forever changed the relationship between fashion and language

The multitalented fashion designer will be remembered for his sense of irony and challenges to fashion’s status quo.

Biden’s latest travel ban is “probably a waste of time”

It couldn’t delay omicron’s arrival, and may do little to delay the variant’s spread.

Amazon’s strategy to squeeze marketplace sellers and maximize its own profits is evolving

"Amazon is the only winner here."

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Space trash

Russia blew up a satellite and almost put the International Space Station in a precarious position. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil explains how humans are trashing space. A space environmentalist (!) explains what cleanup might look like.

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Defund the police?

German, Jerusalem, and Dylan walk through the pros and cons of defunding the police as a policy proposal.

How the Supreme Court could overrule Roe v. Wade without overruling Roe v. Wade

Congress is facing a December time crunch. Here’s what to expect.

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The modern family

Amid distance and estrangement and strain, some are happily replacing the clans they’re born into with chosen families.

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