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On the Bright Side, Being Ugly Is No Longer Anti-Darwin

At long last, science offers us an explanation for why we're not all models.

A group of researchers at Newcastle University published a paper in the journal Heredity, according to this BBC report, in which they demonstrate that genetic mutations vary how people's genomes handle DNA repair. That variation leads to differing levels of unrepaired damage and that, apparently, explains why not everyone is good-looking, even though basic Darwinism would suggest that eventually there should be only attractive people. (That argument, known as the "lek paradox," is one favored by critics of evolutionary theory, the article says.)


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.