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A recent article in Molecular Psychiatry shows that stress in childhood shortens a person's telomeres and affects their health as they grow, says Nature's Marian Turner. The researchers studied children in state-run Romanian orphanages and determined that they had shorter telomeres than children who grew up in foster care.

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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.