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At Discovering Biology in a Digital World, Sandra Porter delves into a paper published recently in Science that found that the mouse gene Rfv3 is encoded by Apobec3 and that it is required for the production of antibodies that will neutralize a retrovirus called Friend Virus, or FV.

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A new analysis suggests the B.1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2 could be deadlier than previous ones, according to the Guardian.

Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.

NPR reports Merck is halting the development of its two candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccines following disappointing Phase 1 results.

In PLOS this week: gene mutation linked to inherited venous thrombosis, lncRNA patterns in the Asian tiger mosquito, and more.