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Let's Focus on the Fact that We're 99 Percent the Same, Shall We?

This weekend, the New York Times had an article on increasing concerns about prejudice as DNA becomes the currency of the era. "Genetic information is slipping out of the laboratory and into everyday life, carrying with it the inescapable message that people of different races have different DNA," writes Amy Harmon. She adds that genetic advances targeted for particular ethnicities have some people worried that "they may also be giving long-discredited racial prejudices a new potency."

 

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.