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A study has shown that having a particular gene variant causes some macaque monkeys to drink more alcohol in experiments, says a story at the BBC. This week, researchers led by NIH's Christina Barr published work in PNAS that shows that in rhesus macaques, a SNP in the CRH promoter, which encodes corticotropin-releasing factor, was associated with drinking to relieve stress.

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Russia says its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has a very high efficacy rate in an initial analysis of clinical trial data, according to the Financial Times.

Wired reports on a microbial analysis of sketches drawn by Leonardo DaVinci.

A new survey explores coronavirus vaccine hesitancy among Black and Latino individuals, the Washington Post reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: the Aging Atlas database, a database of human metagenome-related metadata, and more.