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A Genome in Any Format

In a recent post, Andrew Yates asked, "How much data is a human genome?" He then did a little math to show that an uncompressed diploid human genome would easily fit on two music CDs, if stored as a text file. That got Genetic Future's Daniel MacArthur thinking. There are, he says, other formats that a human genome could be stored in, including as images from an Illumina machine. In that format, a genome with 30x coverage would take up about 28.80 terabytes. Also, if the sequence data is stored as a Sequence Read Format file, the storage space'll top out at 1.98 terabytes.

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.