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In a paper published online in advance in Nucleic Acids Research this week, researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science and Tel Aviv University show that a "lack of co-adaptation between the codon usage of the transferred gene and the tRNA pool of the recipient organism" is a previously unrecognized central barrier to horizontal gene transfer between microbes.

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The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: online database of SARS-CoV-2 protein structures, atlas of the human brain, and more.