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This Week in Science: Mar 2, 2007

In the current issue of Science, there are several articles worth checking out.

A news item reports on the last-minute resuscitation of the Advanced Technology Program, a research funding plan run through the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. According to the article, the program's imminent demise was sidestepped thanks to a $79 million pledge from Democrats in Congress.

In a paper from lead author Ethan Garner at the University of California, San Francisco, scientists report on DNA segregation and the components that provide dynamic instability.

An analysis from Bert Poolman et al. at the University of Groningen looks into the evolution of membrane proteins, while the related paper from Mikaela Rapp and Susanna Seppälä from Stockholm University demonstrates the concept using as a model a multidrug-resistance protein from E. coli.

 

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.