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NEW YORK – A team of US researchers has leveraged transcriptomics data sets to identify existing drugs that may help treat COVID-19.

First, researchers in Marina Sirota's lab at the University of California, San Francisco obtained gene expression profiles, including up- and downregulated genes, from three studies of human cells infected with SARS-CoV-2. Then, they compared them to publicly available datasets of drug-induced gene expression in cultured human cells.

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A Harvard-led team reprogrammed DNA methylation patterns of mice with eye problems to restore their sight, AFP reports.

A man in India is suing the Serum Institute of India, saying that he suffered serious side effects from a vaccine it is testing, but the institute has rejected those claims, the Economic Times reports.

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