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Canada's Energy Chance

In an Edmonton Journal op-ed piece, Genome Alberta's Gijs Van Rooijen and David Mitchell say that the "genomics revolution that started with the commitment to sequence the human genome is now opening up a whole new avenue to explore" — energy. "Just as a human's genomic profile deter-mines whether an individual has blue or brown eyes, the genomic profile of the bacteria found [living in oil, gas, and oilsands environments] will explain and predict their behavior," Van Rooijen and Mitchell write. "This information will allow oil and gas operators to proactively mitigate negative consequences while assisting with positive outcomes, such as bioremediation."

They note that for Canada to become a leader in the genomics-of-energy space, champions from all sectors across the country must come together to ensure sustainable development.

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.