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A Christmas day post on Slashdot has sparked a lively debate with comments growing ever longer and more boisterous. At issue: an editorial from Nobel winner Joseph Stiglitz, an economist who rails against the concept of drug patents in the British Medical Journal. The anonymous author of the post claims that "in medicine, patents cost lives."

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New analyses indicate the P.1 variant found in Brazil may be able to infect people who have already had COVID-19, the New York Times reports.

According to CNBC, Novavax's CEO says its vaccine could be authorized in the US as early as May.

The US National Institutes of Health has a new initiative to address structural racism in biomedical research.

In PNAS this week: GWAS of TLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis, analysis of twins with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and more.