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MIT researcher Mark Bear says that biotechs hold the key to treating autism and some forms of mental retardation, with the drugs that are already on their lab shelves, says the Forbes Treatments blog's Robert Langreth. Bear's "radical" new theory suggest that a specific class of drug already developed by drug companies may help patients with an inherited disease, fragile X syndrome, which is thought to be a cause of autism.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.