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A study in PLoS Genetics used genotype and gene expression data from 89 African-American samples to study the relationship between local gene expression and genetic ancestry. Surprisingly, the researchers found that only about 12 percent of difference in gene expression is due to cis-acting variants.

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CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

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

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.