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Guide to Genomic Research Ethics

A new consensus statement in PLoS Biology might be of some interest to consumer genomics companies, blogs Hsien-Hsien Lei. The statement explores issues surrounding consent, duty to disclose, withdrawing from research, return of results, and the release of data to the public and how those topics are a bit trickier with whole-genome studies. "The vast amount of data produced, the uncertain future research uses of the data, the implications of the data for family members, and the technological ability (and expectations) to publicly release the data are realities that challenge existing research ethics norms," the authors write. Lei also directs her readers to the PredictER blog from the Indiana University bioethics center.


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.