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In the current issue of Nature, scientists at the Broad Institute, among others, looked at the evolution of pathogenicity in six Candida species and compared these and related pathogens and non-pathogens. They found that large genomic tracts are homozygous in three diploid species and, surprisingly, key components of the mating and meiosis pathways are missing from several species, they write.

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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.

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