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Neanderthals Are Everywhere

Svante Pääbo is back. In the advanced online section of Nature, he and his collaborators report that the mitochondrial DNA from hominid remains found in Uzbekistan and southern Siberia are similar to the variations seen in European Neanderthal mtDNA, indicating that Neanderthals' range extended about 2,000 km further east than previously thought.  The New York Times wonders if Neanderthals might have wandered even further east, into the domain of Homo erectus.

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.