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'Nearly Meaningless'

John Hawks builds on the recent discussion of whether, in the future, politicians should have to release their genetic information to the public for scrutiny. At this point, he says that the risks conveyed by genetic information are "nearly meaningless" at the individual level. "We simply don't have a way to predict a person's lifetime risk of chronic disease, based on the entire genome. A person who has one known risk allele may have any number of unknown protective alleles," writes Hawks.

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.