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Don't Forget the Sunblock, Dear

Wolfgang Schreier is lead author on a paper in today's Science ($) in which a team of scientists report witnessing DNA being damaged as a result of exposure to UV light. Using infrared spectroscopy, scientists saw that not only did the DNA sustain damage, but it did so after less than one picosecond of exposure.

More interested in protein translation? Another paper in the latest Science demonstrates findings from lead author Thomas Gross and colleagues on work using yeast to track a protein implicated in translation termination.

 

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.