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"Venter Fuel"

In this Q&A with the Wall Street Journal, Craig Venter, who has recently partnered with ExxonMobil and BP, says that it will be at least 10 years until you have gasoline made by synthetic organisms in your car's tank. "Scalability is the biggest issue," he says. "If we can't generate billions of gallons of fuel per year per facility, it's not going to work. But I think with the Exxon engineering team and their money, we have a chance to scale it up." With BP, Venter is "[looking] for new biology deep in the Earth, to take coal as the starting material, metabolize the coal into methane in the Earth and just isolate the natural gas."

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.