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An analysis of the donkey genome is reported in this week's Nature Communications, providing insights into the domestication of this member of the horse family. A team led by scientists from the Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences de novo assembled a chromosome-level reference genome of one male Dezhou donkey, which they studied against the genomes of 126 domestic donkeys and seven wild asses.

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New analyses indicate the P.1 variant found in Brazil may be able to infect people who have already had COVID-19, the New York Times reports.

The US National Institutes of Health has a new initiative to address structural racism in biomedical research.

According to CNBC, Novavax's CEO says its vaccine could be authorized in the US as early as May.

In PNAS this week: GWAS of TLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis, analysis of twins with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and more.