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LiveScience's Stephanie Pappas this week reports that while the Swiss personal genomics firm iGENEA suggests that more than half of all Western European men are to some degree related to the historic pharaoh King Tutankhamun, the researchers "who worked to decode Tut's genome … say the claim is 'unscientific.'" The iGENEA team, which claims to have constructed a second-hand DNA profile of Tutankhamun, initiated its study of the boy-king "based on what they say are genetic markers t

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

In PNAS this week: epistasis affecting cystic fibrosis, Tiger rattlesnake genome gives venom insight, and more.