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Nature, of course, has its own take on Venter's genome, saying that its publication presents new biological insights since previous sequencing efforts did not differentiate between chromosomal copies. The news story points to a finding that will disappoint some Venter critics --  he has four repeated sequences in front of his MAOA gene, not the three that would indicate a tendency toward antisocial behavior.

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In a letter, about two dozen researchers criticize the World Health Organization investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and call for a new inquiry, the Wall Street Journal reports.

National Geographic reports that nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, speaks with NPR about SARS-CoV-2 testing and vaccines in the US.

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