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Battle Over

OpenSNP has won Mendeley and the Public Library of Science's Binary Battle that set the challenge of making research more open using those companies' tools, and will receive the grand prize of $10,001. The openSNP tool allows customers of some direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to upload their raw results, share them, and learn about their variants from the literature.

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Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.

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