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More than 130,000 Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California are sharing their spit to have their genomes scanned, reports the New York Times. This study aims to "uncover the genetic roots of chronic disease and, perhaps, to find out why some people live longer than others," the Times says, as participants' genetic information will be linked to their medical information (though their names will be removed from the data).

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The UK has given emergency authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the Associated Press reports.

A US advisory committee says healthcare workers and nursing home residents should be prioritized to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Financial Times.

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