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In whippets, a type of racing dog, a single copy of a mutated gene for myostatin helps them be the fastest sprinters on the track, report researchers led by Elaine Ostrander from the National Human Genome Research Institute. But having two copies of this MSTN fast-twitch muscle gene doesn't make them doubly fast.

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New analyses indicate the P.1 variant found in Brazil may be able to infect people who have already had COVID-19, the New York Times reports.

According to CNBC, Novavax's CEO says its vaccine could be authorized in the US as early as May.

The US National Institutes of Health has a new initiative to address structural racism in biomedical research.

In PNAS this week: GWAS of TLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis, analysis of twins with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and more.