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Nearly every eukaryote has at least two separate genomes — one in the central nucleus and one in the mitochondria — and when those two genomes act like a pair of "mismatched" partners, the "dance" they do falls apart and the results can be "disastrous," Not Exactly Rocket Science's Ed Yong says. The mitochondrial genome and the nuclear genome, though they evolved in different ways, must work together within the cell.

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The UK has given emergency authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the Associated Press reports.

A US advisory committee says healthcare workers and nursing home residents should be prioritized to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Financial Times.

The Wall Street Journal reports North Korean hackers have targeted half a dozen companies developing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

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