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In the UK, GSK and the Medical Research Council have joined forces to make the most of larger GWAS data sets, reports the UK's Business Weekly. In order to maximize the statistical potential of genome-wide association studies, the two will combine data sets and invest £1 million each over three years to focus on finding the genetic switches for two main diseases, depression and obesity.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

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