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University of Massachusetts Medical School's Victor Ambros and Harvard Medical School's Gary Ruvkun have won the 2012 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research. Ambros and Ruvkun are being honored "for their co-discovery of microRNAs as central regulators of gene expression and development," Johnson & Johnson says in a statement.

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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.