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Developing an Exposure Notification System to Blunt the Spread of COVID-19 and Future Pandemics

I am part of a grassroots effort at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that is developing an exposure notification system for pandemics in general, though we hope it could be used in at least a limited fashion during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are fortunate at NIST to have all the expertise required to tackle this multidisciplinary problem, solutions to which have the
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Scientists Create Simple Synthetic Cell That Grows and Divides Normally

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Study Indicates That Humidity in Breath Makes Cotton Masks More Effective at Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

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Spotlight: Putting NIST at the Forefront of Genome Editing

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