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Following the Evolution of HIV

A paper published last week in PLoS Computational Biology uses predictive modeling to study recombination patterns in HIV. Scientists looked at a set of recombinant HIV genomes to construct a model for where recombination between the two viral RNA strands occurs. They found that the exchange took place more at either side of the env gene, suggesting that despite the wide variety of mutant forms, "only a minority of recombination events appear to be of significance to the evolution of HIV-1."

The Scan

Back as Director

A court has reinstated Nicole Boivin as director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Science reports.

Research, But Implementation?

Francis Collins reflects on his years as the director of the US National Institutes of Health with NPR.

For the False Negatives

The Guardian writes that the UK Health Security Agency is considering legal action against the lab that reported thousands of false negative COVID-19 test results.

Genome Biology Papers Present Epigenetics Benchmarking Resource, Genomic Architecture Maps of Peanuts, More

In Genome Biology this week: DNA methylation data for seven reference cell lines, three-dimensional genome architecture maps of peanut lines, and more.