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In a Science paper published online in advance, an international research team describes "a unifying genetic model for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy," which suggests that "FSHD arises through a toxic gain of function attributable to the stabilized distal DUX4 transcript." They show that patients with FSHD carry specific SNPs, and that this "predisposing configuration creates a canonical polyadenylation signal for transcripts derived from DUX4." In their subsequent tran

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The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: online database of SARS-CoV-2 protein structures, atlas of the human brain, and more.