Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Can't the Man Have a Little Peace?

Not long ago, news came out that researchers would be exhuming the remains of Galileo Galilei and a woman buried with him to see if she was his daughter. Now it seems that Galileo's DNA will be probed for another purpose: this time to try to determine the cause of his visual impairment. "Based on his own accounts, it has been speculated that the great Tuscan physicist suffered from uveitis, or inflammation of the middle layer of the eye," 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.