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In PLoS Biology this week, investigators at the Broad Institute and their colleagues describe "the role of nucelosome positioning in the evolution of gene regulation." In examining the relationship between chromatin organization and gene expression in 12 Hemiascomycota yeast species, by determining mRNA abundance and nucleosome positions genome-wide, the team found "substantial conservation of global and functional chromatin organization in all species," and that ch

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Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.

A new analysis suggests the B.1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2 could be deadlier than previous ones, according to the Guardian.

NPR reports Merck is halting the development of its two candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccines following disappointing Phase 1 results.

In PLOS this week: gene mutation linked to inherited venous thrombosis, lncRNA patterns in the Asian tiger mosquito, and more.