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Scientists discovered a genetic mutation in dachshunds that's related to cone-rod dystrophies, reports the BBC. In work published in Genome Research, doctors at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science isolated a gene called NPHP4, a portion of which had been deleted in affected dachshunds. The mutation only affects the eyes, suggesting that it might be a drug candidate for humans with the disease.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

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