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Hey, Bacteria: Pipe Down, Will You?

Duke's Claudia Gunsch is working on a way to silence genes in bacteria using short, singled-stranded DNA, says MIT's Technology Review. If she can get it to work -- she recently presented a proof-of-concept study at the American Society for Microbiology -- there are a variety of applications, including engineering better biofuels, turning off bacterial antibiotic-resistance genes, and filtering bacteria in water.

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.