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Hold On Tight to Your Water Glasses

At Reason, Ronald Bailey says the price tag of genome screening is getting so low that he says he's surprised that no one has surreptitiously taken a celebrity's water glass and sold it to a tabloid to be screened. Drawing on Robert Green and George Annas' New England Journal of Medicine article, Bailey also wonders how widespread genetic screening will affect politicians. He doesn't see how genetic risk could disqualify anyone for office, particularly if the public is conversant in interpreting genetic risks. "In any case, politicians, celebrities, and the rest of us should get ready for a world in which our DNA can be screened by anybody at anytime," he writes.


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.