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The Genes Went Poof

On his blog The Loom, Carl Zimmer discusses how people lost 8,000 genes during the past six years. At the unveiling of the human genome draft in 2001, it contained some 26,000 genes. But thanks to more analysis, many of those original genes have turned to be pseudogenes or parts of another gene. Today, people are down to 18,308 genes.

We here at GTO feel a little less complex than we used to.

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.