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NEW YORK – Mitochondrial lineages going back to the Iron Age appear to persist in modern-day Finland, although the distribution of these ancestral groups appear to have shifted over time, according to an ancient mitochondrial DNA analysis led by University of Helsinki, University of Turku, and Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History scientists. 

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The UK is investing £33.6 million into a controversial human SARS-CoV-2 challenge study, according to Reuters.

The Guardian reports that the UK COVID genomics consortium is monitoring mutations that are arising within circulating SARS-CoV-2 strains for any that may affect future vaccines.

Science reports that Max Planck and Nature have struck a deal for affiliated authors to publish papers that are accessible to the public as well as access Nature-branded journals.

In PNAS this week: genomic analysis of ancient animals from Tibet, oncoproteins tied to WEE1 kinase enzyme inhibitor response, and more.

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