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The Bad Seed

A particular seed for long-grain rice, while not developed as a genetically modified plant, is showing "possible traces of unapproved genetic material," according to this wire report. The US Department of Agriculture is working to prevent planting and distribution of the seed.

Hey, we here at GTO don't approve of all of our genetic material (thanks for the big feet, Dad). Anything the USDA can do for us?

 

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.