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On Hold

The Genographic Project, which is led by Spencer Wells, has canceled its planned collection of DNA from members of Peru's Q'eros community after some indigenous leaders said that the project was not following local procedures, reports ScienceInsider. Regional officials say the expedition had not provided notarized evidence of "free and informed prior consent" as well as other documents that are required before any DNA sampling may take place, according to ScienceInsider. Wells says his team had verbal authorization from two communities' leaders. One local group, Asociación para la Naturaleza y el Desarrollo Sostenible, says it is concern about the way in which the project was presented to the community, and the way consent was obtained. "We have canceled our visit to the Q'eros until we find out exactly what happened," Wells says.

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.