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The Best of the Noughties

The Irish Times gets a kick-start on the end-of-year and end-of-decade list-making. Science editor Dick Ahlstrom complied what he considers the most important discoveries of the "noughties." Among the Large Hadron Collider and water on Mars, Ahlstrom includes the Foxp2 gene, cloning, iPS cells, and micoRNAs. "[MicroRNAs] hey were first discovered in 1993, but weren't named microRNAs until 2001," he writes."They help maintain the fine biochemical balance needed to keep our cells working properly, so when they fail to do their job disease can result. For this reason they represent useful targets for pharmaceuticals to counter disease." Ahlstrom is also enthusiastic about the proposed genome zoo. "A huge international collaboration will deliver the genomes of 10,000 vertebrate species, with a central goal being to develop technology to reduce costs," he adds.

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.