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In PNAS this week: role for RTP4 gene in severe malaria, other infections; CRISPR-based approach to alter gene expression; 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.

In Science this week: genetic mutation linked to schizophrenia among South African Xhosas, engineering the bee microbiome to address parasite and virus, and more.

In Science this week: approach to measure microRNA targeting efficiency, strategy to conduct high-throughput chemical screens at single-cell resolution, and more.

In PNAS this week: diversity and spread of Yersinia pestis, local adaptations in switchgrass, and more.

An ABRF working group compared three dyes for Sanger sequencing to find that, even with their differences in price, they all performed similarly.

The researchers showed that Cas12a discriminates strongly against mismatches to DNA targets, leading to less off-target DNA cleavage than with Cas9.

In PNAS this week: interactions between tRNA precursor and tumor-suppressing microRNA, sequencing strategy to account for small indels in DNA barcodes, and more.

Speakers at the Association for Biomolecular Resource Facilities annual meeting gave advice on preparing for and recovering from hurricanes.

One team suggested Cas4 is required to assist the Cas1-2 complex, while the other said Cas4 helps maintain fidelity during CRISPR adaptation.

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The Washington Post reports that Herbert Tabor, who worked at the US National Institutes of Health for 77 years, has died at 101.

The World Bank is seeking approval for a $12 billion plan to provide low-income nations with funds to procure SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to Reuters.

Science writes that public health officials and others are debating whether cycle threshold values should be included on SARS-CoV-2 results.

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