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We Remember Memorizing That

MIT's Lawrence David and Eric Alm developed a new phylogenomic approach called AnGST — for analyzer of gene and species trees — that they then used to study the evolutionary histories of nearly 4,000 gene families. "A functional analysis of genes born during this Archaean expansion reveals that they are likely to be involved in electron-transport and respiratory pathways," the authors say in Nature, referring to a time period between 3.33 and 2.85 billion years ago during which there was an increase in the number of new gene families. "What is really remarkable about these findings is that they prove that the histories of very ancient events are recorded in the shared DNA of living organisms," Alm says, according to Scientific Blogging. "And now that we are beginning to understand how to decode that history, I have hope that we can reconstruct some of the earliest events in the evolution of life in great detail."

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.