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New York Times reports the death of Gunther Stent, a molecular biology pioneer and Berkeley scientist "whose research wrestled with and validated the breakthrough discovery of the structure of DNA." Stent, 84, succumbed to pneumonia. Jim Watson called Stent "a major intellectual" in the field.

 

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A survey by Nature finds that most researchers want scientific meetings to continue virtually or with a virtual component, even after the pandemic ends.

Bloomberg reports that the B.1.351 SARS-CoV-2 viral variant could prompt the formulation of better vaccines.

Certain blood proteins may be able to distinguish COVID-19 patients who will become critically ill from those who will not, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In Genome Biology this week: algorithm to assess regulatory features, approach to integrate multiple single-cell RNA-seq datasets, and more.