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British researchers led by Mark Jobling studied the Y chromosome haplotypes of modern men living in northwest Britain, an area that had a large Viking influx about 1,000 years ago. Based upon patrilineally inherited surnames, that genetic data was split in two groups by "modern" and "medieval" last names.

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

In Cell this week: analysis of fitness patterns among SARS-CoV-2 isolates, single-cell transcriptome analysis of immune features in COVID-19, and more.