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In PLOS Genetics, a Finnish- and Swiss-led team turns to dog model systems to search for genes involved in three rare developmental syndromes affecting the skeletal system. Using genome-wide association studies in several susceptible dog breeds — including border collies and several terrier types — the researchers looked for variants involved in dental hypomineralization, craniomandibular osteopathy, and another skeletal syndrome.

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Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

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