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In Science Signaling this week, researchers in the UK say amplification of oncogenes KRAS or BRAF underpins an acquired resistance to MEK1/2 inhibitors in colorectal cancer cells. The researchers modeled acquired resistance to the MEK 1/2 inhibitor selumetinib in colorectal cancer cells with BRAF or KRAS mutations. Genomic sequencing showed no acquired mutations in MEK1 or MEK2, selumetinib's primary targets.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.