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A study led by UCSF doctor Dean Ornish found that lifestyle changes -- instead of invasive treatment -- can reverse cancer. In 30 men with early-stage prostate cancer who chose to enroll in his program, which included a "low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet, stress management, moderate exercise and plenty of 'psychosocial group support,'" Ornish found that the expression levels of more than 500 genes were changed.

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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.