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A Tour of the History of Genetics

The Boston Globe profiles Diana Bianchi, a pediatrics researcher, who is writing a guide to the history of genetics and genomics. She's traveled to the Abbey where Gregor Mendel minded his sweet pea plants, had a beer at the pub in Cambridge where James Watson and Francis Crick went, and to Honolulu where the Cohen-Boyer experiment took place. Her own ascent to work on maternal microchimerism is just as interesting.

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.