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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-led team of researchers has quantified the heritability of nine pediatric-onset autoimmune diseases.

Childhood autoimmune diseases have high rates of familial clustering, sibling recurrence, and twin-twin concordance both within and between diseases, suggesting that shared genetic risk factors may underlie disease etiology.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

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