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Genomic Graffiti

Carl Zimmer realized that the watermarks the Venter team left in their synthetic organism will be reduced to gibberish over a few generations. The marks were added to non-protein-coding spots which are not only subject to random mutations but also can be spliced into fragments or totally removed from the genome by transposons.

Zimmer also says Venter's team was not playing God, but The Intersection's Sheril Kirshenbaum posted a cartoon from God's perspective.

 

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.