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In PLoS Computational Biology this week, University of Leeds scientist Stefan Auer led work that studied how nanoparticles affect protein aggregation. Using molecular dynamics simulations of a system of hundreds of peptides over a millisecond timescale, his team showed that the aggregation is a two-phase process. The peptides first assemble on the nanoparticle and then "evolve into highly ordered beta-sheets as their size increases."

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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.

In Nature this week: spatiotemporally resolved map of the human cell cycle, folding single-cell RNA sequencing into cancer drug studies, and more.

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