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GTO's Odds and Ends

What do you do with all those items that aren't big enough for their own post? At GTO headquarters, you round them up into a smorgasbord of odds and ends. To wit:

NYT reports that California-based BioArts International is planning an auction next month to clone five dogs in a project called Best Friends Again. Bidding will start at $100,000.

Harvard's systems biology department has started BioNumbers, a wiki-esque project to build a database of useful biological numbers. And no, we're not judging.

The folks at DNA 2.0 deposited this synthetic construct in Genbank. The construct is a translation of the first verse of a poem called Tomten, by Victor Rydberg.

GTO's favorite satire news source, The Onion, says that "geneticists at the California Institute of Technology announced Monday that they have developed a tomato with a 31 percent larger price tag than a typical specimen of the vine-ripened fruit." The full story is short and well worth a read.

Developers at the Broad Institute have updated GenePattern with interactive guides to common analysis protocols, more analysis options, and a hosted Web server.


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.