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In the early edition of PNAS this week, Sarah Tishkoff, Carlos Bustamante, and their team examined population structure and ancestry patterns in West African and African American populations. The researchers incorporated new and old genotyping data to look at genetic patterns in a dozen African populations and 365 African Americans. In the African populations, language and geography usually corresponded to genetic patterns.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

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