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Mutations at the Backbone of TV

Labor Day is this weekend in the US and that means that new fall TV will soon be on its way. iO9 has a handy color-coded calendar for the upcoming fall science fiction events, but, more importantly, a guide on how to make mutants. They say that following some of their 13 rules will "lead you to the creme de la creme of the differently-genomed." Of course, sudden genetic mutations and "aliens/future people meddling with the human genguide on how to make mutantsome" are third on the list of how to make a scifi mutant and number 11 says that "a cool mutation can be inherited from your parents. A really cool mutation can be spread virally."

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.