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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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Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.

A new analysis suggests the B.1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2 could be deadlier than previous ones, according to the Guardian.

NPR reports Merck is halting the development of its two candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccines following disappointing Phase 1 results.

In PLOS this week: gene mutation linked to inherited venous thrombosis, lncRNA patterns in the Asian tiger mosquito, and more.