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We Also Have Thermal Cyclers Next to Our Shoe Racks

After her father discovered he had two mutations that gave him hemochromatosis, Katherine Aull, a former employee of Codon Devices, decided to look into own genes in her kitchen lab, reports the Boston Globe. From her work, it looks like she also has two copies of the mutant allele, though she plans to confirm her work and also seek a professional test. Keith Robison, who is also in the article, discusses it and the comments the story garnered on his blog. "To a lot of people, science means formal labs and formal training and labs mean dangerous chemicals that might explode," he writes.

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.