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Because We're Nothing Without a Sense of Humor

Ever wonder what you could do with your genome (besides sequencing it, that is)? Here's a blog post of "10 amusing things to do with your genome" from Nivair Gabriel at io9. GTO's favorites: "Befriend a fruit fly version of yourself" -- use your genome to find specific organisms from other species that have the highest homology to your own sequence -- and previewing your kids: "Line up your DNA sequence next to that of your long-term significant other (or your favorite celebrity), and know immediately if your children will be attractive and non-alcoholism-prone."


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.