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Gene Seems to Help Prevent Lung Cancer

In a study in PNAS, scientists have found a gene that protects against lung cancer, says this BBC article. Comparing normal and diseased tissue, they found that the tumor suppressor gene LIMD1, which is located on chromosome 3p21, was deleted in most cancer tissue samples. Without LIMD1, the study's authors say, cells are more vulnerable to carcinogens like those found in cigarette smoke.

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.