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Sequencing for Curiosity's Sake

In response to recent suppositions reverberating in the blogosphere, Keith Robison at Omics! Omics! says that "plenty of genomes are still fair game for sequencing." In contemplating what makes a genome "interesting," Robison says that its history, evolution and development, and biochemical makeup come to mind. Overall, the blogger says that while he understands that "it is easy for those of us in the biology community to see the longer threads connecting these projects to human health, or just the importance of pursuing curiosity, but that doesn't always sell well in public," he still finds "it odd that some [biologists] don't see the import and utility of sequencing many, many humans and a lot of vertebrates also. He adds, "Personally, I can't stroll a country fair without wanting to sequence just about everything I see on display."

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.