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When Daddy Dearest Has His Doubts

Society just can't get enough of DNA. Here's a piece from the Wall Street Journal, written by Ethics & Public Policy Center fellow Christine Rosen, about how the broad availability of paternity tests (thank you, Walgreens) is changing the landscape of daddyhood. According to the essay, "Approximately one man in 25 named as the biological father on a child's birth certificate is not the real father -- and may not know it." That realization, coupled with readily accessible tests from companies like Identigene, has led to a huge market for this kind of service -- and all sorts of new challenges for married couples, Rosen writes.

 

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.