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This week in PLoS Genetics, investigators at Stanford University present "a novel synthetic human reference sequence that is ethnically concordant," which they used to analyze "genomes from a nuclear family with history of familial thrombophilia." With such a reference, the team inferred recombination sites within the pedigree "to the lowest median resolution demonstrated to date — fewer than 1,000 base pairs," used family inheritance statistical analysis "to control sequenc

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.