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The Price of Knowledge

In the very early days of genetic testing, opponents argued that knowing about a gene-related susceptibility to a disease that couldn't be cured was far worse than ignorance. An article from the New York Times this weekend takes up that very debate in a profile of a young woman who finds out that she has the gene for Huntington's disease. "What runs in your own family, and would you want to know?" asks Nancy Wexler in the story, noting that this will become more of an issue as genetic testing becomes more prevalent.

 

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.