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This Week in Nature: Jan 31, 2013

In Nature Biotechnology this week, a multi-national team of researchers publish the draft whole genome shotgun sequence of CDC Frontier, a kabuli chickpea variety containing an estimated 28,269 genes. Resequencing and analysis of 90 cultivated and wild genotypes from ten countries identified targets of both breeding-associated genetic sweeps and breeding-associated balancing selection. Candidate genes for disease resistance and agronomic traits were also highlighted.

Our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more on this new sequence here.

Meanwhile, in Nature Methods, a team of scientists led by researchers from Indiana University and Miami University report the results of the first large-scale community-based critical assessment of protein function annotation experiment. Fifty-four methods representing the state of the art for protein function prediction were evaluated on a target set of 866 proteins from 11 organisms. The investigators found that the best protein function algorithms were substantially better widely used first-generation methods, with “large gains on all types of targets." Still, they say, there is "considerable need" to improve currently available tools.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.