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Science has asked the authors of the 2009 paper it published that associated chronic fatigue syndrome with the XMRV retrovirus to retract it, reports The Wall Street Journal. That article's findings prompted the American Red Cross to prohibit people with chronic fatigue syndrome from donating blood, Bloomberg adds.

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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.

A new analysis suggests the B.1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2 could be deadlier than previous ones, according to the Guardian.

NPR reports Merck is halting the development of its two candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccines following disappointing Phase 1 results.

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