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In a paper published online in advance in Science this week, researchers at Harvard Medical School and their colleagues show that in mice the Lynx1 protein "prevents plasticity in the primary visual cortex late in life." The authors report that the loss of Lynx1, a molecular brake, "enhances nicotinic acetylcholine receptor signaling" and add that the expression of this protein "maintains stability of mature cortical networks in the presence of cholinergic innervation." The Harvard-led team s

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The UK has given emergency authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the Associated Press reports.

A US advisory committee says healthcare workers and nursing home residents should be prioritized to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Financial Times.

The Wall Street Journal reports North Korean hackers have targeted half a dozen companies developing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

In Cell this week: long-term SARS-CoV-2 shedding, examination of the effects of a coronavirus spike protein mutation, and more.