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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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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.