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In PLoS Genetics this week, researchers in the UK and New York have identified endogenous viral elements derived from 10 non-retroviral families using systematic in silico screening of animal genomes. "Integration into the nuclear genome of germ line cells can lead to vertical inheritance of retroviral genes as host alleles," the researchers write.

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European regulators have begun a rolling review of Russia's Sputnik V SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, Reuters reports.

Science reports that Science Foundation Ireland is seeking annual budget increases.

According to the Financial Times, a UK university group is pushing Elsevier to lower its journal fees.

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