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Jump on the Genome Testing Bandwagon

Decode Genetics is joining Navigenics and 23andMe in the genomic testing fray, reports the New York Times. Their new service, called deCODEme, will take a cheek swab and $985 to assess someone's disease risk, ancestry, and physiology by using SNP chips. "If people can go into this testing knowing what its limits are, and can take it with a grain of salt, that’s fine," the incoming president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors told the Times, though she warns, "But you have to be really careful about what you know and don’t know."

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.