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Based on a systematic analysis of the mitochondrial genome, Radek Szklarczyk and Martijn Huynen at Radboud University Medical Center in The Netherlands were able to estimate that "the mitochondrial proteome expanded at least 50% since the common ancestor of human and yeast." The authors' work, which appears this week in Genome Biology, found that gene duplications led to the expansion in humans, and that the most common of these are intra-mitochondrial and inter-compartmental.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

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