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European Bioinformatics Institute


The European Bioinformatics Institute this week launched Genome Reviews, a database for information on completely sequenced genomes available at The product cross-references submissions to the public sequence data-bases with other resources. Version 1.0 contains 256 chromosomes and plasmids, representing the complete genomes of 153 prokaryotic organisms. New features representing processed protein products have been added, enabling the tracking of functional chains and signal sequences. Further, each locus (roughly equivalent to a gene) has been tagged to indicate its relative location on the genome.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.