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In a paper published online in advance in Nature this week, researchers at Stanford University report on 510 genomic deletions, "which fall almost exclusively in non-coding regions and are enriched near genes involved in steroid hormone signaling and neural function" that produce human-specific phenotypes.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a small group of breakthrough COVID-19 cases, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense is to use genetic genealogy approaches to identify the remains of unknown soldiers.

Vox and Nature discuss the importance of preparing for the next pandemic.

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