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In the early online edition of Nature this week, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine report generating "one-factor human iPS cells." By expressing only OCT4 — one of the four transcription factors that have been used to reprogram mouse and human somatic cells into iPS cells — they were able to transform human fetal neural stem cells into iPS cells.

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The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

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