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And We Used to Think Spitting Showed Bad Manners

Never thought we'd see the day that 23andMe would make it into the New York Times Style section -- but then again, we couldn't have predicted that "spit parties" would one day be enough of a trend to gather Diane von Furstenberg, Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, and other celebrities. "Some people might fear a world where widespread DNA testing would remove the mysteries of their futures or even strip them of privacy," the article says. But 23andMe "wants people to think of their genomes as a basis for social networking."


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.