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Nobel prize-winner Edwin Krebs died from progressive heart failure. He was 91. Krebs shared the 1992 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine with Edmond Fischer for their elucidation of the regulatory role of reversible protein phosphorylation. "It was an embarrassingly simple reaction that we found," Fischer told the New York Times.

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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.

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