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We Were Kinda Hoping At Least a Punch Was Thrown

At Genetic Future, Daniel MacArthur summarizes a panel discussion given by 23andMe's Linda Avey, deCODEme's Kari Stephansson, and Navigenics' Dietrich Stephan at the Biology of Genomes meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Lab. Navigenics highlighted its focus on disease, 23andMe talked about open information driving genetic research, and deCODEme "played off its research cred," says MacArthur, to compare itself more closely to 23andMe's business model. A discussion followed, which was "nowhere near as hostile as I expected," he says. "I also chatted with both Stephan and Avey after the session — for what it's worth, they're both extremely personable, and there was no overt animosity between any of the three competitors (somewhat to the disappointment of the audience, I suspect)."

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.