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Investigators at Ludwig-Maximilians-University show in an SNP analysis on a population of 2,196 people — including 913 Crohn's disease patients, 318 ulcerative colitis patients, and 965 healthy, unrelated controls — that "rs6887695 modulates the susceptibility and the phenotype of IBD [inflammatory bowel disease]." Writing in PLoS One this week, the authors add that the SNP's effect on inflammatory bowel disease susceptibility "is less pronounced than that of IL23R gene variant

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SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developers are evaluating further vaccine doses as well as modified doses to keep up with new viral variants, according to CNN.

The New York Times reports that a new viral variant of concern has been identified in New York City.

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