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There is no evidence that the rise in COVID-19 cases in the US is due to either the recently identified UK SARS-CoV-2 or a strain that arose in the US, officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say, according to the Washington Post. However, it notes that scientists' ability to detect new variants is limited.

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Anthony Gregg, the outgoing president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, has resigned after using racially insensitive language. 

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