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The sequenced genome of the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus), the only living member of the ancient reptilian order Rhynchocephalia, is reported in Nature this week. Found only in New Zealand, the tuatara represents a link to the now-extinct stem reptiles from which dinosaurs, modern reptiles, birds, and mammals evolved.

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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.