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In Science this week, a team led by Stanford University's Carlos Bustamante report that an amino acid change causes blond hair in Solomon Islanders. Naturally blond hair is usually only found in Europe and Oceania, but in this study, the team identifies an arginine-to-cysteine change at a highly conserved residue in TYRP1 as a major determinant of the trait in people from the Solomon Islands.

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IBM security researchers warn of a phishing campaign targeted at organizations involved in the distribution of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Verge reports.

The Illinois police have cut the number of DNA tests waiting to be run in about half, CBS Chicago reports.

A researcher accused of smuggling research materials out of the US has pleaded guilty to making false statements, according to the Associated Press.

In Science this week: gene expression signature linked to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease progression, and more.