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In the advance, online edition of Nature Genetics this week, National Cancer Institute investigators Stephen Chanock and Patricia Hartge led a team of researchers who did a genome-wide association study to find variants linked to pancreatic cancer risk. The GWAS involved 3,851 cases and 3,934 controls from a dozen prospective studies and turned up eight SNPs at three loci on chromosomes 1, 5, and 13, including a chromosome 5 locus previously implicated in other cancer types.

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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.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.