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In a pair of articles, researchers from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Pittsburgh examined how often de novo genes crop up and how important they are when they do. In their article appearing in eLife this week, the researchers used conserved synteny to examine the portion of orphan genes — genes that don't look like any other genes — that can be attributed to complete divergence, finding that it accounts for about a third of eukaryotic orphan genes.

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President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.

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In Nature this week: sister-chromatid-sensitive chromosome conformation capture approach, and more.