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The Gene Patent Debate Continues

The European Society of Human Genetics has published recommendations on gene patents as they pertain to genetic testing, reports the Eye on DNA blog. In her post, Hsien-Hsien Lei outlines the key points, such as that genetic tests looking at more than one gene shouldn't be overly patented, but that genetic tests combined with protein or metabolite measurements might have multiple patents. Whatever the case, the future of genetic testing will have to include considering a potentially scary patent environment, she writes.

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.