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We Really Are Our Mothers…

Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang have a guest post at Olivia Judson's On the Wild Side in which they discuss the complex interactions between genes and environment, focusing on personality and life experiences. They say that people with similar personalities, which are partially due to genes, are drawn to particular environments. Thus, they may share similar life experiences, such as getting into bar fights, mugged, or suffering from alcoholism. Aamodt and Wang add that the heritability of psychological traits increases as people get older and have more control over their environment. "Apparently those of us who suspect we are turning into our parents as we get older may have a valid point," they write.

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.