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All Hail Open Source

In a blog at Free Software Magazine, Gary Richmond writes an ode to "open source hero" Jim Kent. Much of the post, about Kent's key role in assembling the human genome for the public-sector consortium, will be a walk down memory lane for this field. But Richmond tells the story from the open source community's perspective, which has its own reasons for appreciating Kent's work.

 

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.