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In PLoS Biology this week, investigators at the University of Toronto report that most "dark matter" transcripts are associated with known genes in the mouse and human genomes. Using a combination of RNA-seq information and data obtained from tiling arrays experiments, the team shows that most of the seqfrags — or transcribed regions outside known exons and non-coding RNAs — are within introns, "raising the possibility that they are fragments of pre-mRNAs," they write.

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European regulators have begun a rolling review of Russia's Sputnik V SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, Reuters reports.

Science reports that Science Foundation Ireland is seeking annual budget increases.

According to the Financial Times, a UK university group is pushing Elsevier to lower its journal fees.

In Nature this week: satellite tracking and genome sequencing combination used to examine migration patterns of peregrine falcons, and more.