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An international team led by investigators at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany show that the orphan toll-like receptor TLR13 "in mice recognizes a conserved 23S ribosomal RNA sequence that is the binding site of macrolide, lincosamide, and streptogramin group antibiotics, including erythromycin, in bacteria." In a Science paper published online in advance this week, the researchers add that their results point to "both a natural TLR13 ligand and specific mechanisms of a

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

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