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As a syphilis epidemic raged in Europe beginning in the late 1400s, Science notes that some researchers suspect that Christopher Columbus or his crew may have brought the bacterium that causes it back from the Americas. Other Treponema pallidum subspecies, it notes, cause yaws and bejel, diseases that are known to have been circulating in the Americas prior to Columbus' arrival.

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Russia says its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has a very high efficacy rate in an initial analysis of clinical trial data, according to the Financial Times.

Wired reports on a microbial analysis of sketches drawn by Leonardo DaVinci.

A new survey explores coronavirus vaccine hesitancy among Black and Latino individuals, the Washington Post reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: the Aging Atlas database, a database of human metagenome-related metadata, and more.