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Which Comes First?

Razib Khan at Discover's Gene Expression blog says there is "a chicken-and-egg problem with personal genomics." More specifically, until sequencing personal genomes becomes ubiquitous and the process transparent, he says they will be somewhat of a "letdown in terms of what it can, or can't, tell us." At the same time, he adds, "as long as there’s a letdown, it won’t become ubiquitous and transparent." So, which will come first? Time will tell, Khan says. In the meantime, though, Khan says he chose to publicize his genotype information in order "to show people that there’s nothing terrifying about it. Once the fear is gone, we can move forward and get some work done."

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.