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NEW YORK – New drugs are more likely to be approved if they target a gene linked to disease, according to a new analysis from AbbVie researchers that confirms earlier findings. 

Only between 5 percent and 10 percent of new drug candidates that enter early-stage clinical trials are eventually approved. In 2015, researchers led by GlaxoSmithKline's Philippe Sanseau reported that drugs with supporting genetic evidence were twice as likely to be approved.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

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