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With Google and Facebook in Your Corner, That's a Good Start

A blog post at TechCrunch reports on the official launch of the Open Web Foundation, a group dedicated to help guide development and adoption of web standards such as Open ID. In addition to establishing protocols, the organization "will also set out the legal terms and best practices for the use and transport of both private and public data, and the usage of web services," according to TechCrunch. Supporters include Facebook, Google, and MySpace, among others.

 

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.