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Genes Before Beer ... Not in the Clear?

In a feature article in the April issue of Scientific American, psychiatric geneticists examine the progress made in studying the genetic factors behind alcoholism. Two researchers with the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism provide a detailed roundup of all the genes that have so far been linked to alcoholism, and examine what role genetic testing might play in the near future in prescribing more targeted treatments.

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.