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Genome on the Go

A new smartphone app lets users carry around an encrypted version of their genome, reports the New Scientist. "A digitised genome reveals a treasure trove of very personal data as well as information about your siblings and current or future progeny," developer Emiliano De Cristofaro tells the New Scientist. "However, these wonderful advances and prospects are rife with serious privacy risks."

The app, called Genodriod, was developed by De Cristofaro at Xerox's PARC lab and it only decrypts small sections of the genome when those parts needs to be compared to a reference database. "This way, any attack would only ever compromise a small stretch of DNA," the New Scientist says.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.