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No One Really Knows How It Works

In the Science Times, Nicholas Wade delves into the importance of the epigenome in aging, disease, and regenerative medicine and how it is affected by the environment. He gives a good background of what's known so far about the epigenome -- something that would give your parents some understanding of what you've been talking about -- and then gets into recent work by Shinya Yamanaka and how ChIP-seq maps can help researchers determine just what's been going on in the epigenome.

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The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.