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A study published today in PLoS Biology looked at increased evolutionary rates in genes, and found, among alignments of 10,238 human genes to their orthologues in chimpanzee and macaque, exons evolving at a fast rate in humans have a tendency to contain clusters of AT-to-GC (weak-to-strong) biased substitutions.

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

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