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As an expansion of a CGG repeat in the 5'-UTR of the fragile X mental retardation 1 gene leads to the up-regulation of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5-mediated signaling, an international research team sought to determine "whether a receptor subtype-selective inhibitor of mGluR5, AFQ056, improves the behavioral symptoms of FXS in a randomized, double-blind, two-treatment, two-period, crossover study of 30 male FXS patients aged 18 to 35 years." In Science Translational Medicine this week, the team reports that "seven patients with full FMR1 promoter methylation and no detectable

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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.