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The electric pickup truck market is charging up even before the first models have hit the road.

Last week, Irvine-based Alpha Motor Inc. and Torrance-based Canoo unveiled their versions that they hope will compete with legacy companies like Ford and General Motors.

The Alpha Wolf Utility Truck, like Canoo's pickup, is a much smaller version than the gas-powered vehicles on the market. The two-seat pickup truck is just 188 inches long, about a foot shorter than the smallest gasoline-powered pickup currently on sale in the U.S. Alpha plans to offer two and four-wheel-drive versions of the Wolf with a 75-85 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and projects a range of about 275 miles on a full charge.

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A liquid formula used to neutralize Ebola and other highly contagious diseases has now been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration to be used on the coronavirus.

Called the DNA/RNA Shield, the liquid is manufactured by the Irvine-based diagnostics company Zymo. It could potentially make it safer for thousands of frontline workers who handle samples.

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