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Molecular Biologist by Day, DNA Demystifier by Night

There's a Q&A with James Evans in the New York Times, and it's an interesting read. Evans, a molecular biologist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, spends his free time getting judges up to speed on genetics. Because DNA evidence is becoming so prevalent in court cases, judges need a better grounding in the field, Evans believes. "I try to demystify all of science and, specifically, genetics," he says. He runs mini-labs and practice trials, where the judges are asked to assess hypothetical DNA evidence.

 

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.