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Oh the Similarities

When the Neandertal genome was published last year, one of the stories from it was that modern non-Africans have some Neandertal genes. At his blog, John Hawks says that "we don't know whether genetic similarities between Neandertals and present non-Africans are the same in different areas outside Africa" and he sets out to look through the data to determine that.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

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