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In Science Translational Medicine this week, investigators at Stanford University School of Medicine show that miR-21 "blocks abdominal aortic aneurysm development and nicotine-augmented expansion." Because of this, the authors suggest modulation of its expression "shows potential as a new therapeutic option to limit AAA [abdominal aortic aneurysm] expansion and vascular disease progression."

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.