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Starting a 'Revolution'


Cancer research has benefitted greatly from the sequencing of the human genome, Big Think says. Initiatives like the Cancer Genome Atlas, which systematically maps key genomic changes in various types and subtypes of cancer, are part of the information boom the cancer research field has experienced in recent years. At a panel discussion of cancer researchers organized by Big Think, National Cancer Institute Director Harold Varmus said the full picture of how genetics and genomics have changed how we think of cancer is "really very dramatic and quite wonderful."

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.