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NEW YORK – Researchers have uncovered a rare gene variant that may make giving birth less painful for some women.

While childbirth is commonly a painful experience, the level of pain women encounter during labor varies. For their study, a group led by researchers at the University of Cambridge identified about 1,000 women in the UK who did not request pain relief during the full-term, vaginal birth of their first child. 

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SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developers are evaluating further vaccine doses as well as modified doses to keep up with new viral variants, according to CNN.

The New York Times reports that a new viral variant of concern has been identified in New York City.

In Nature this week: spatiotemporally resolved map of the human cell cycle, folding single-cell RNA sequencing into cancer drug studies, and more.

According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

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