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For the Love of Kumquats

Keith Robison, lead senior scientist at Infinity Pharmaceuticals and Omics! Omics! blogger, loves citrus. In a recent post, he discusses his anticipation for the completion of the citrus genome project at the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute. “What I’d really like is to have the genetic blueprint for all those wonderful flavors…” Robison writes. “Imagine if you could have a whole series of clementine-like fruits, with the size and easy peeling characteristics but with the whole range of other citrus flavors and colors genetically grafted in ― cara cara clementines and blood clementines and ruby red clementines and perhaps even sweet lemontines and key clemenlimes,” he muses.

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.