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A computational method for predicting genome folding using only DNA sequence as an input is reported in Nature Methods this week. The convolutional neural network, dubbed Akita, takes in approximately one megabase of DNA sequence and predicts contact frequency maps for all pairs of around 2-kb bins within this region, according to the method's developers at the Gladstone Institute of Data Science and Biotechnology and Calico Life Sciences.

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SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developers are evaluating further vaccine doses as well as modified doses to keep up with new viral variants, according to CNN.

The New York Times reports that a new viral variant of concern has been identified in New York City.

In Nature this week: spatiotemporally resolved map of the human cell cycle, folding single-cell RNA sequencing into cancer drug studies, and more.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.