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Next Thing You Know They'll Be Wrapping the Tests in Brown Paper

Here's an article from the New York Times based on the premise that people are avoiding genetic testing because of fears of discrimination. "The first, much-anticipated benefits of personalized medicine are being lost or diluted for many Americans who are too afraid that genetic information may be used against them to take advantage of its growing availability," the story says.

It adds that some people choose to go "underground" -- that is, take and pay for genetic tests themselves so as to keep the results out of their official health records. "Even doctors who recommend DNA testing to their patients warn them that they could face genetic discrimination from employers or insurers," according to the article.

 

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.