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This article in the Guardian describes a DNA-based vaccine for multiple sclerosis that's gone through in human trials and "has been declared a success by doctors in America after tests on patients revealed signs that their condition had improved," according to the story. The vaccine contains DNA responsible for producing myelin, which serves to prevent the immune system from going haywire and causing MS.

 

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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.

In PLOS this week: gene mutation linked to inherited venous thrombosis, lncRNA patterns in the Asian tiger mosquito, and more.