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HOUSTON – Polygenic scores derived from large genome-wide association studies can at least partially explain the variability seen in complex human traits, such as height or cognitive ability. Combined with the ability of preimplantation genetic testing to scan the entire genome of a human embryo, this has raised the specter of "designer babies" where prospective parents choose embryos based on traits they find desirable.

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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.

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

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.

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This webinar will discuss findings from the study, in which molecular residual disease (MRD) was assessed using circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) without prior mutational knowledge in oligometastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) patients who had received neoadjuvant chemotherapy. This study also investigated urine as an alternative analyte for ctDNA MRD detection.