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Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute may have the best news for couch potatoes since the invention of the Thighmaster — a newly identified hormone that changes white fat cells into brown fat cells, reports Technology Review's Karen Weintraub. The naturally occurring hormone "acts like exercise on muscle tissue," Weintraub says, by burning calories and improving the body's ability to process insulin.

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SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developers are evaluating further vaccine doses as well as modified doses to keep up with new viral variants, according to CNN.

The New York Times reports that a new viral variant of concern has been identified in New York City.

In Nature this week: spatiotemporally resolved map of the human cell cycle, folding single-cell RNA sequencing into cancer drug studies, and more.

According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.