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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 Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

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