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The Tip of the Legal Iceberg, Folks

Here's a lawsuit raising interesting questions in the field of personal genomics. Kamel at BayBlab talks about the case of a girl born with Fragile X syndrome who "is suing a sperm bank after genetic tests showed the genetic condition was carried on the father's X chromosome," he writes. "In this age of personal genomes and genetic testing, how much responsibility does a sperm bank have to screen for genetic disorders with every available test?" The outcome of the case will likely have direct legal consequences as genetic screening becomes more and more commonplace, he adds.

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.