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Binding Sites, Moving Targets

University of Pennsylvania scientists have applied the Derived Allele Frequency distribution test of neutrality on a set of transcription factor binding sites to find that many human- and primate-specific sites are likely evolving under positive selection. They published their findings today in PLoS ONE, showing that genes whose TF binding sites contain "high frequency derived alleles are enriched for positive regulation of protein metabolism and developmental processes," they write.

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.