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In this week's PNAS Early Edition, Eugene Gladyshev and Irina Arkhipova at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., present evidence that suggests the class of class of reverse transcriptase-related cellular genes collectively called rvts "are not components of retrotransposons or viruses, but [are] single-copy genes with a characteristic domain structure that may contain introns in evolutionarily conserved positions, occur in syntenic regions, and evolve under purifying selection." Gladyshev and Arkhipova show that these genes "can be found in all major taxonomic gro

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Bloomberg reports AstraZeneca may conduct another study of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine after dosing error.

Moderna is applying for an Emergency Use Authorization for its coronavirus vaccine, according to the New York Times.

The National Health Service is to conduct a trial of Grail's blood-based screening test for cancer.

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