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Researchers at the University of Michigan along with a crew of Boston scientists have discovered a 22-protein panel of biomarkers that was able in preliminary studies to identify prostate cancer with 82 percent sensitivity and 88 percent specificity.

The news is noteworthy because it could lead to the development of an alternative diagnostic to standard prostate specific antigen tests, which return false positives around 80 percent of the time and therefore trigger unnecessary prostate biopsies.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on gaps in COVID-19 testing affecting less affluent urban areas and rural locations.

According to NBC News, new SARS-CoV-2 variants are making it harder for researchers to model the course of the pandemic.

The New York Times reports that experts say President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day in the US in the next 100 days is too low a bar.

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