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There's Always Someone to Ruin a Good Thing

On the Gene Expression blog, Razib offers a post in which he says, "If there is one thing that casts a pall over the rise of genomic technology and its applications, it is the eugenics movement." His post reminds readers that even as genomic technologies become better and better, we shouldn't forget that there are always bad guys who will use it for the wrong thing.

 

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.