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Data Wrangling

The blogger at Biostumblematic discusses data management and wonders whether that is the key to more open science. After all, sharing data would be a lot easier if you could find it. The blogger suggests that academic labs take a page from industry and try using Laboratory Information Management Systems. However, many LIMS are pricey, so a further suggestion is to develop a simple, open-source system. "How great would it be if you wanted to do a meta-study from the published results of several labs, and all it took to have the data in a consistent format was a simple MySQL statement (or, if the software is coded properly, a couple of button clicks)?" the blogger asks.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.