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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania show in Nature this week that miR-34 "regulates age-associated events and long-term brain integrity in Drosophila." In its analysis, the team uncovered evidence that "miRNA-dependent pathways may have an impact on adult-onset, age-associated events by silencing developmental genes that later have a deleterious influence on adult life cycle and disease." The Penn team adds that miR-34 may be important in those processes.

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SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developers are evaluating further vaccine doses as well as modified doses to keep up with new viral variants, according to CNN.

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