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Change for Spread

An early SARS-CoV-2 alteration may have enabled it to spread more easily, according to the New York Times.

Follow the Spread

San Diego researchers have received funds to sequence SARS-CoV-2 in the region, NBC 7 San Diego reports.

Gene for When to Go

Researchers have identified a gene involved in how people determine when to urinate.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: online database of SARS-CoV-2 protein structures, atlas of the human brain, and more.

The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

The effort aims to screen for SARS-CoV-2 in the San Diego community and study the virus' genome to better understand how it is transmitted.

Though it is unclear whether the virus became pathogenic before or after the jump from animals to humans, genomic features point to a natural source for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower-court decision in favor of Illumina, which Scripps had sued over marketing of bead-based microarrays.

Researchers saw signs of an unreported Zika virus outbreak in Cuba in 2017, well after the documented decline in new cases in Brazil and other parts of the world.

Pushed Out

ScienceInsider reports Floyd Romesberg has been forced out from the Scripps Research Institute.

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According to the Associated Press, genetic genealogy has helped law enforcement officials identify an unknown victim of the Green River Killer.

Imperial College London researchers are shifting away from testing a COVID-19 vaccine to focus on combating newly emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Independent says.

In PNAS this week: target to reduce chemotherapy-induced cardiac injury, tool finds ancient endogenous RNA viruses, and more.

Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.