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CHICAGO – The Genome Reference Consortium's GRCh38 reference genome — also known as hg38 — superseded GRCh37 (hg19) in 2013, yet many clinical molecular laboratories still rely on the older one for variant calling and genome analysis. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, though, is among those that have successfully made the jump.

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The UK has given emergency authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, the Associated Press reports.

A US advisory committee says healthcare workers and nursing home residents should be prioritized to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Financial Times.

The Wall Street Journal reports North Korean hackers have targeted half a dozen companies developing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

In Cell this week: long-term SARS-CoV-2 shedding, examination of the effects of a coronavirus spike protein mutation, and more.

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