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Gummy Worms as Chromosomes — It's Art

"Have you ever looked at gummy worms and thought, wow those sure resemble DNA coils?" asks the Serious Eats blog. As they point out, artist Kevin Van Aelst did just that, as well as use other interesting media to showcase scientific ideas and processes — in addition to the gummy worms (below), there's mitosis taking place on a Krispy Kreme doughnut.chromosomesweb.jpg

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.