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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – By sequencing patient-derived neurons, researchers have identified a protein that regulates Parkinson's disease phenotypes at the cellular level.

Parkinson's disease — which is marked by motor symptoms like rigidity and tremors — affects more than 6 million people around the world. While most cases of Parkinson's disease are idiopathic, some are due to variants in the GBA gene, particularly the N370S mutation.

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

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

A new preprint suggests some SARS-CoV-2 variants could affect the effectiveness of current vaccines, the Associated Press reports.

In Nature this week: Australian lungfish provides details on the movement of vertebrate life from water to land, and more.

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