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This Week in Nature: Oct 9, 2008

In early online publication, Tübingen researchers have made pluripotent stem cells from adult human testis. They found that these human adult germline stem cells showed many similarities to human embryonic stem cells.

A Q&A asks Robert Tjian about the future and his plans as the new president of HHMI. His main priority, he says, is to keep funding "creative, original, somewhat risky" science. Expanding HHMI's research into the areas of plant biology and biofuels is likely. As for Tjian's work ethic, which he hopes to impart to students, "I'm still working seven days a week because I like it. I don't consider anything I do as work," he says.

Based on research that looked at the bigger picture of collaborative science, scientists offer advice as to what makes a good collaboration and how to implement it. A commentary also looks at networked science, this time how systems biology can have an effect on drug discovery. Setting data standards, modeling drug actions, and changing predictive tox methods are just some areas addressed.

A group of researchers led by NYU's Jane Carlton sequenced the genome of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax, with analysis showing that the parasite resembles other malaria parasites but possesses novel gene families and potential alternative invasion pathways. Another group led by Sanger scientists sequenced Plasmodium knowlesi, the first monkey malaria parasite genome to be described. Comparing it to P. vivax and other sequenced Plasmodium genomes, they found it contained "variant antigen families [that] are dispersed throughout the genome and are associated with intrachromosomal telomere repeats."

 

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.