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Dartmouth's Gilbert Welch and UW's Wylie Burke teamed up to write an opinion piece in today's Newsday about the merits of consumer genomics. Though it sounds promising, they say the tests don't provide definitive information, especially about treatment. "We need more research, not pricey genomic scans. Until then, save your money, and spare your health," they write.

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The FDA and CDC call for a pause in administering Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine while reports of rare blood clots are looked into, reports the Wall Street Journal.

According to the Associated Press, a Swiss program aims to shepherd long-term science projects and diplomacy.

CNN reports that two new studies suggest the B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant may be more transmissible, but may not lead to more severe disease.

In PNAS this week: analysis of pathway affecting acute kidney injury, parental-specific allelic expression in horse placenta, and more.