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A Clue to the Vagaries of the Dopamine Receptor

Scientific American offers an article on recent research from Ohio State University that may turn out to be a biomarker that could help physicians prescribe the best antipsychotic drug for a patient with a mental illness. The research team found SNPs and other variation in the gene that codes for a receptor for dopamine, which could help explain why patients have long shown very different reactions to antipsychotic drugs.

 

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.