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More Genomes, and the Allure of Cotton

EMBL’s Ewan Birney spoke yesterday morning at PAG in San Diego. He is gearing up for the launch of Ensembl Genomes next month. The first groups of organisms to be included in these new databases will be EnsemblMetazoa, EnsemblProtists, and EnsemblBacteria. Then, next quarter, EnsemblPlants, including rice and Arabidopsis, and EnsemblFungi, with Cerevisiae and perhaps Aspergillus, will join the fray. “We are really actively looking for collaborators for EnsemblGenomes,” Birney said.

Following Birney on the podium was Iowa State’s Jonathan Wendel who, as James Ressey who introduced him put it, studies cotton in a sea of corn and soybean. Wendel discussed when the various strains of cotton arose, the four that were domesticated, and how cotton can serve as a model of polyploidy.

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.