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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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The Lancet has made changes to its peer-review process in response to its recent retraction of a COVID-19-related paper, Science reports.

The New York Times reports that a series of emails show how Department of Health and Human Services officials sought to silence the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A new initiative aims to move Australia's genome sequencing labs onto one system, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

In PLOS this week: recessive mutation tied to early-onset dilated cardiomyopathy, epigenetic analysis of lung adenocarcinoma, and more.