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Two articles published in Nature Genetics found new gene variants associated with high body mass index and that appear to be active in the brain. The Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits consortium did a meta-analysis of 15 genome-wide association studies to find six loci associated with obesity, many of which act in the central nervous system.

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.