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Would that Be Doping, or Just Perfect Genetics?

It's a good time to sit down with your kids, turn on the Olympics, and explain that you and your research buddies have ruined sports forever.

OK, that may be a little harsh, but it's the theme of this Discover article about how advances in gene therapy and genetic manipulation may ultimately change the concept of athletes. The story profiles H. Lee Sweeney, a scientist at U Penn who gets a continual stream of emails from coaches and athletes begging for a genetic boost. The story quotes Sweeney as saying, "It’s the natural evolution of medicine, and it’s inevitable that people will use it for athletics."


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.