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In PLoS One this week, a study looks at retrogene evolution in mammals. In scrutinizing patterns of retrogene distribution in eight mammalian genomes and four non-mammalian genomes, researchers found that there has been a burst of young retrogenes in mammals and that in these shared retrofamilies, 14 to 18 percent of functional retrogenes may have originated independently in multiple mammalian species.

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Wired reports on a microbial analysis of sketches drawn by Leonardo DaVinci.

Russia says its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has a very high efficacy rate in an initial analysis of clinical trial data, according to the Financial Times.

A new survey explores coronavirus vaccine hesitancy among Black and Latino individuals, the Washington Post reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: the Aging Atlas database, a database of human metagenome-related metadata, and more.