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Researchers report their genome-wide association study for age-related macular degeneration in the PNAS Early Edition this week. By interrogating 2,157 cases and 1,150 controls, the team conferred AMD susceptibility loci and genotyped 30 "promising" markers in additional cohorts of up to 7,749 cases and 4,625 controls; here, they identified another susceptibility locus near TIMP3.

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The FDA and CDC call for a pause in administering Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine while reports of rare blood clots are looked into, reports the Wall Street Journal.

According to the Associated Press, a Swiss program aims to shepherd long-term science projects and diplomacy.

CNN reports that two new studies suggest the B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant may be more transmissible, but may not lead to more severe disease.

In PNAS this week: analysis of pathway affecting acute kidney injury, parental-specific allelic expression in horse placenta, and more.