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Ode to the X Chromosome

You may not learn cutting-edge science from this New York Times article, but anyone who's had to do genetics may enjoy the ode to the X chromosome. GTO learned, for instance, that the chromosome was named X not for its shape but because its mechanism within the genome was considered an unknown. Reporter Natalie Angier writes, "It is a supple, switchbacking, multitasking gumby doll patch of the genome; and the closer you look, the more Cirque du Soleil it appears." You can check out the full character assessment of the X chromosome here.


The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.