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A short story by the Weizmann Institute of Science's Peter Tsvetkov and Tel-Aviv University's Sharon Dekel posted at LabLit this week details a personified p53's visit with a "gene therapist." The transcription factor, it seems, is at odds with his roles in cancer and apoptosis. "When I was first discovered they accused me of being oncogenic, accused me of supporting cancer. It took them many years to understand that I am the good guy, that I'm a tumor suppressor.

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The Financial Times reports the US bolstering its ability to track SARS-CoV-2 alterations.

The New York Times reports that Cedars-Sinai researchers have uncovered a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 in Southern California.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pan-cancer atlas focus on miRNA biogenesis mutations, methylation analysis of pig skeletal muscles, and more.

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