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Tune in for Your Daily Pollution Report on Smog, Ozone ... and DNA?

Discover has an article on what it calls "a potentially colossal new health threat: DNA pollution." And no, we're not talking about the kind of DNA pollution that could be prevented with a good hairnet. The story focuses on research into drug-resistant bacteria that looks for the "snippets of rogue genetic material" that have helped shape these bugs into drug-defying creatures. It's a quick read that will be immensely satisfying to your inner hypochondriac.

 

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.