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With advances in molecular biology and genomics, researchers can draw more and more information out of old, preserved samples, says The Washington Post. While some researchers focus on very old samples — like those from Neanderthals — other researchers are looking at the more recent past.

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

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.

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

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