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Inventing the Future with Synthetic Biology

Forbes features Ginkgo BioWorks, a synthetic biology company started by MIT's Tom Knight and three of his PhD students, including Reshma Shetty. She's part of their Eight People Inventing the Future, on the list due to her "DIY genetic engineering" approach to using genetic parts to make new living systems. Shetty's claim to fame is making banana-scented bacteria, and Ginkgo's aim is to sell standardized genetic parts dried onto sheets of paper to big companies that want to make new drugs, plastics, and petroleum replacements, says the story.

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.