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In work appearing in this week's issue of Nature, scientists have found even more evidence for a gene in humans linked to language. Already known to be a 'language gene,' the human FOXP2 (forkhead box P2) protein has two amino acids that are different from the chimp version.

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Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

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