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Forget about brain doping. The New York Times reports on a study showing that a certain genetic variation can mask steroid use from current tests given to athletes. In the research, 55 men were injected with testosterone and then given a urine test; 17 tested negative for the hormone. The discovery was that those 17 men were all "missing both copies of a gene used to convert the testosterone into a form that dissolves in urine," the article says. "The result is that they may be able to take testosterone with impunity." Does this mean that some people are genetically designed to cheat?


The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.