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California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that extends the privacy and protections of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act even further, says the University of Pennsylvania's Jennifer Wagner at Genomics Law Report. CalGINA, as it's called, amends existing non-discrimination laws in California to cover discrimination based on genetic information, Wagner says.

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A survey by Nature finds that most researchers want scientific meetings to continue virtually or with a virtual component, even after the pandemic ends.

Bloomberg reports that the B.1.351 SARS-CoV-2 viral variant could prompt the formulation of better vaccines.

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