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Charles Darwin carried out experiments on inbreeding in plants that led him to worry about the health of his children, note Francisco Ceballos and his colleagues in this month's BioScience. The researchers then examine the family trees of both Charles Darwin and his wife Emma Wedgewood, who was also his first cousin, to determine if Darwin's fears were founded — and the researchers say they were.

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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.