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Painting Cancer's Personalized Portrait

A startup company called Foundation Medicine plans to develop a lab test for doctors to analyze patient cancer samples, to determine the genetic mutations that lead to cancer, which could guide doctors in choosing the best treatment options for their patients, according to MIT's Technology Review. "As a start, the test would focus on 100 genes that have been shown scientifically to play a role in cancer treatment and progression," the Review's Courtney Humphries writes. "And over the long term, the hope is to expand to analyzing not only genes but the chemical makeup of cancer samples as well." The company says the test would cost in the low thousands, which is in line with other cancer tests of this kind.

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.