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As Long as It Has a Catchy Name It'll Do Just Fine

Thomas Mailund blogs about his progress on HapCluster++, a software package he's working on for linkage disequilibrium mapping. Originally implemented in R, he re-wrote the software in C++ and now hopes to make a version that scales to genome-wide study. "It is based on clustering sequences, based on their local similarity around a possible disease locus, and then assign a likelihood to the clustering based on the way cases and controls are distributed in the clusters," 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.