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In a recent column in the Washington Post, Ezra Klein posited that a $1,000 genome would mean the destruction of the health insurance industry. As people are able to see what their genome contains, they may buy different levels of health insurance based on their disease risk, Klein said.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

In PNAS this week: epistasis affecting cystic fibrosis, Tiger rattlesnake genome gives venom insight, and more.