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Iron Man, Iron Genome?

In the news-we-could-never-make-up category, Knome is running its genome sequence service on Ozzy Osbourne "in a bid to find out how he is still alive after decades of drug and alcohol abuse," according to this article from Sky News. The once-frontman for Black Sabbath is known around the world for his 40-year abuse of drugs and alcohol.

The New York Daily News has the story as well, reporting that "researchers hope that Ozzy's genome will help reveal why some people's bodies can tolerate excessive substance abuse more than others."

Knome's Nathan Pearson, director of research, is quoted by Sky News as saying, "Sequencing and analysing individuals with extreme medical histories provides the greatest potential scientific value."

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.