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Adding the 'Visual' to the 'Mapper'

Attila Csordás has been playing around with 23andMe's new Haplogroup Tree Mutation Mapper that is part of the company's new Labs section. Csordás compares the section to Google Labs and at the 23andMe blog they say this section of their service will be "less refined" and "somewhat more fluid." Csordás says that after searching a haplotype, the user gets a list of the mutations that define the group. "Playing with a pure textual list of SNPs doesn't sound too fascinating and the tool is not really a 'Mapper' as there's no visualization included," he writes. He then coupled the information from that list with MitoWheel, which he helped develop, to visualize the SNPs.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.