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Avoid the Newbie Errors

Sandra Porter wrote an article over at GT on DIY biology that she's been getting some feedback on, writing that she "managed to offend some people by suggesting doing biotechnology successfully at home might mean that you actually have to learn some biology." On her blog, she addresses some of the complaints she's received. Porter says that she doesn't object to people learning outside a university or teaching themselves biotechnology techniques, but does say that DIYers should be cognizant of potential hazards that come with working with certain strains of bacteria and that they should be aware that there are plenty of places to look for information, so some mistakes -- Porter points to one attempt to insert an E. coli plasmid into Lactobacillus and expecting it to work -- can be avoided.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.