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Researchers have published a large association study in this week's PLoS ONE to find genes linked to hip bone size, which has been identified as one of the key measurable risk factors for hip fractures in osteoporosis. The first such GWAS to look at bone size, the study scanned 380,000 SNPs in 1,000 men and women and identified PLCL1 (phospholipase c-like 1), which had four SNPs associated with hip bone size.

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Nature News writes that additional details about the UK plan for an agency to support high-risk, high-reward science are needed.

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

The Wall Street Journal writes new studies are giving glimpses into the origins of SARS-CoV-2.

In PLOS this week: analysis of Plasmodium population structure, qPCR assay to diagnose scabies, and more.