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A new study published in Genome Research by a team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai shows that disease-causing variants may be more common in African Americans because they conferred some benefit on their ancestors when they were first brought to the New World, reports The New York Times' Nicholas Wade.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.

A large genetic study finds SARS-CoV-2 viruses with a certain variant are spreading more than others, according to the Washington Post.

In Nature this week: sister-chromatid-sensitive chromosome conformation capture approach, and more.