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The Medical College of Wisconsin won a $13 million, five-year NIH grant to build a computer model of a rat, report the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Mark Johnson and Kathleen Gallagher. Humans and rats share about 90 percent of their genes, including many disease genes, making the rat a useful experimental animal model.

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

In Science this week: genetic study of kidney fibrosis implicates the SOX9-NAV3-YAP1 axis.