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Getting to Know the Gibbon

A new paper out in PLoS Genetics today outlines a high-resolution synteny map that illustrates disruptions between the human and gibbon genomes. Authors include Sanger's Jane Rogers, Baylor's Aleksandar Milosavljevic, and Pieter de Jong of the Children's Hospital of Oakland Research Institute. The paper finds that synteny breakpoints between humans and gibbons, which are more divergent from humans than most other hominoid species, are indicative of regions that may have been "a common source of plasticity leading to a different outcome in the two species," according to the abstract.

 

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.