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A dozen people were honored by US President Barack Obama for their achievements in science, reports the Associated Press. Among the National Medal of Science winners were the Whitehead Institute's Rudolf Jaenisch, who was recognized for his work on epigenetic regulation of gene expression, and California Institute of Technology's Jacqueline Barton for her study of DNA repair.

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New analyses indicate the P.1 variant found in Brazil may be able to infect people who have already had COVID-19, the New York Times reports.

According to CNBC, Novavax's CEO says its vaccine could be authorized in the US as early as May.

The US National Institutes of Health has a new initiative to address structural racism in biomedical research.

In PNAS this week: GWAS of TLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis, analysis of twins with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and more.