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This Week in Science: Jun 15, 2007

In Science this week there is a news story describing a website aimed at discrediting people who deny that HIV causes AIDS. This site,, was launched by activists, clinicians, and researchers to change the previous policy of ignoring the denialists, says the piece. The site links to scientific reports and publishes critiques.

Another news story explores a new project to bring medical and veterinary medicine closer together. This "one medicine" movement is being fueled, in part, by the emergence of zoonoses such as West Nile virus, SARS, and avian influenza, says the article, adding that collaboration between med and vet schools may prove difficult, given their respective urban and rural settings.

Science has a pair of articles covering the finished sequence, mapping, and annotation of the heterochromatin of the popular fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Coming out of Susan Celniker's lab at Lawrence Berkeley, the first article describes how 15Mb of fruit fly heterochromatin sequence was finished or improved upon and mapped. The other article describes a computational and manual annotation of the heterochromatin, highlighting that it contains at least 230 protein-coding genes.

There is also a review of anthropologist Hannah Landecker's new book, Culturing Life. Landecker explores the role of cells outside of the body, and how that role changes as new technologies are developed. The reviewer, M. Susan Lindee says, "Her work also provides a thoughtful perspective on the contemporary public and scientific spectacle of 'Stuart Little' mice, stem cell legislation, farmaceuticals, and other chimeras."

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.