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'Yakety Yak'

A team led by investigators at China's Lanzhou University presents a draft sequence of the domestic yak (Bos grunniens) genome in a Nature Genetics paper published online in advance. As our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News reports, the Lanzhou-led team performed both "genome and transcriptome sequencing on a female yak that had lived in a high altitude Chinese province neighboring Tibet. They also did transcriptome sequencing on samples from five different tissue types collected from the same animal."

At Science Now's Science Shot, Nicholas St. Fleur adds that the researchers identified several genes that make the yak better suited for heights. "Three genes help the animal regulate its body's response to hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, at high-altitudes, and five genes help it optimize the energy it gets from its food, which is scarce on the plateau," St. Fleur reports.

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.