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Plus, It Tastes Great

This slightly odd video at SciVee discusses how teosinte became today's corn. The video explains that one gene was behind the change and the work that researchers are doing to understand what corn genes are doing — potentially to aid in developing corn that needs less water or can be used to make biofuel.

HT: Grrl Scientist

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.