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Sensitivity on Many Scales

Bitesize Bio offers a post considering the sensitivity of PCR compared to qPCR assays. Blogger John Mackay says he doesn't believe qPCR is necessarily more sensitive than its older tech sibling, and that work seeming to show higher sensitivity is really an "apples vs oranges" comparison. He offers some examples of his own work in the field, and asks readers to weigh in with their own experiences in sensitivity between the techniques.

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.