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Proteins Aren't the Only Working Parts

Derek Lowe blogs at In the Pipeline about the potential future of drug discovery — once research moves beyond its limited, and limiting, work targeting drugs that only bind proteins. He reminds us of the universe of possibilities: proteins interacting with other proteins, DNA, RNA, carbohydrates, and lipids, which are some of the many targets that have yet to be fully explored for therapeutic value.

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.