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Unfortunately, This Isn't a 24-Hour Bug

In work published this week in PNAS, scientists used pyrosequencing data to find that corals can get herpes-like viral infections that are made worse by stress. In the study, they used 454 sequencing and real-time PCR across coral samples and found that Porites compressa harbor several eukaryotic viruses, many related to Herpesviridae, and that in response to stressors like increased temperature, more acidic pH, and elevated nutrients, the "viral consortium" shifted.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.