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'A Bold and Initially Rather Puzzling Move'

Daniel MacArthur picked up on a tweet from DecodeMe, whose parent company has recently filed for bankruptcy, that encourages 23andMe customers to move their data over to them for free. "That's a bold and initially rather puzzling move," MacArthur writes. MacArthur thinks that this free offer could get a good number of 23andMe users to check out DecodeMe's interface and potentially have these early adopters then see the company as "as a serious and reliable player in the interpretation field."

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.