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New Blog on the Block

There's a new blog in town, and its name is Genomes Unzipped. Billing itself as a "collaborative blog about personal genomics," it is the brainchild of several well-known bloggers and researchers, including Daniel MacArthur from Genetic Future, Genomic Law Report's Dan Vorhaus, and the PHG Foundation's Caroline Wright, among others. "Our goal is to provide independent and informed analysis of developments in the field of genetics, with a particular focus on implications for the budding industry of personal genomics," the authors write. Recent posts on the blog include Luke Jostins' take on the importance in sequencing in personal genomics, a post by MacArthur on how much DNA from modern humans may contain Neandertal DNA, and a post by Wright on the risks and benefits of population screening.

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.