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Tools for the Mac Users Club

There are a variety of reasons that people buy Macs, and Bitesize Bio's Nick Oswald adds one more for bioresearchers: a company called Mekentosj develops software for bioscientists and much of it is freely available, though it's all for Macs. One freeware tool that Oswald recommends is 4 peaks, which he says is "a very slick, robust and easy-to-use DNA sequence viewer." Another is Target Scanner, "an easy-to-use graphical interface for identifying microRNA target genes." The company also offers a literature organizer, called Papers, for $42 as well as iPhone apps.

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Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.