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Researchers led by UCSD's Kang Zhang report that they found a genetic link between the dry form of macular degeneration and a functional variant of the toll-like receptor 3 gene, an immune system gene that triggers apoptosis in response to dsRNA. In their upcoming New England Journal of Medicine article, they say that increased tlr3 activity due to viral dsRNA could lead to more cell death and macular degeneration.

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Nature News writes that additional details about the UK plan for an agency to support high-risk, high-reward science are needed.

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

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