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No Matter Which Way You Slice It, You're Still Paying For It

At Omics! Omics! Keith Robison wonders if it will be possible to use flexible medical spending accounts to pay for DNA testing. Since this benefit, provided by his employer, allows him to set aside a certain amount of pre-tax dollars from each paycheck to later be used to pay for medical expenses, he questions whether personal genomics companies have put any thought into it. "For if these funds are available, then that is a ready pot of money which might be spent," he writes.

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.