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Talking Personal Genomics

Charlie Rose speaks with George Church and Steven Pinker about the Personal Genome Project and what they hope to get out of it. Pinker talks about why he doesn't want to know his ApoE4 status and why he doesn't mind letting others see his genome on the Web. "There's not a whole lot you can read from individual genes … it's not as if people can peer into my soul by having access to my genome," he says. Later in the program, Rose is joined by 23andMe's Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki.

Thanks to Jason Bobe for pointing this video out.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.