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Cavemen Come to Life, And Not Just on TV

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute say they can reconstruct the sequence of the Neandertal genome. To overcome the damage done to the DNA over the years, Svante Paabo and his colleagues will be using DNA from several individuals and they are taking steps to prevent contamination by human DNA. Paabo and his colleagues also plan to reconstruct mammoth and cave bear genomes.

Maybe this study will answer that age-old question: Is it really so easy that a caveman can do it?

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.