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Because Everyone Likes a Family Tree

Over at Discovering Biology in a Digital World, Sandra Porter offers a quick lesson and an informative video on how to craft a phylogenetic tree.  If you're already an expert in clades, you can skip this -- Porter targets the lesson at beginners in the field. The video covers building your data set, aligning sequences, and using that to make the tree.

 

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.