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UK researchers are to launch a genetic study of chronic fatigue syndrome, the Guardian reports.

New Scientist reports that both RNA and DNA may have been involved in the emergence of life on Earth.

A 'Double Whammy'

The Guardian reports that the Mammalian Genetics Unit at the Harwell Institute is to close.

In Nature this week: synthetic Escherichia coli genome with fewer codons, and more.

Aaron Klug Dies

Aaron Klug, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on creating three-dimensional images of biological molecules, has died, the New York Times reports.

California Institute of Technology's Frances Arnold was awarded half this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, while the University of Missouri's George Smith and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology's Gregory Winter will split the other half.

The funding will support the university's MRC Human Genetics Unit, which is investigating the genetic underpinnings of human health and disease.

Alcohol's Gene Damage

Ethanol can damage the genes of hematopoietic stem cells, potentially showing how alcohol consumption can lead to cancer, the Guardian reports.

The partners are working together to advance research into the role of epigenetics in respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD.

A group of organizations in the UK say that there needs to be discussions about the use of technologies such as CRISPR/Cas-9 for human germline editing.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.