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Harvard Medical School researchers developed a model that attributes the range of meiotic phenotypes to the effects of chromosome compaction.

Independent research teams have tackled the genetic history of the Levant, Anatolia, and other parts of the Near East to retrace population movement and mixing since the Bronze Age.

In Cell this week: strategy for prophylactic antiviral CRISPR in human cells; influence of obesity, genetics, and hormone signaling on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma; and more.

In Nature this week: missense variant linked to decreased height among Peruvians, genetic basis of sex-biased vulnerability to certain disorders, and more.

The variant also appears to be under positive selection and is more common among coastal Peruvians.

The Boston-based firm is developing a bacterial diagnostic platform to detect antibiotic resistance and help guide antibiotic treatment in hospitals. 

A GWAS that incorporated magnetic resonance imaging data for UK Biobank participants led to 45 previously undetected risk loci related to dilated cardiomyopathy.

Research institutions in the US and Europe will lead the studies, which will explore different aspects of COVID-19 such as host immune response.

In Genome Research this week: target-mismatched sgRNA in microbial genome editing, strategy to examine gene expression throughout the cell cycle, and more.

The Boston Globe reports Harvard University is paying $1.4 million to settle a claim that a former professor there overcharged work to US federal grants.

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The Washington Post reports that the CDC's SARS-CoV-2 test issues reflect earlier ones it had with Zika virus testing.

NPR writes that even with thousands of new COVID-19 papers, each should be evaluated based on its own quality.

Researchers traced a gene cluster linked to COVID-19 severity to Neanderthals, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: soil bacteria-derived small molecules affect centrosomal protein, microfluidics approach for capturing circulating tumor cells, and more.