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Merck Licenses Celera Databases

NEW YORK, July 9-Merck has licensed Celera's mouse and human genome databases, the pharmaceutical company said today.


The companies did not disclose the financial details of the agreement.


Merck will use the seuqence data and tools in drug discovery and molecular profiling work.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.