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Year in Review ... Again

This month’s Discover includes a roundup of the top six genetics stories of 2006. Those that made the cut include an epigenetics breakthrough that could shed some light on how traits can be transmitted from parents to offspring without the requisite genes. Other stories include a team of researchers who sequenced the first complete tree genome, scientists who may have genetically engineered a healthier pig to produce omega-3 fatty acids, and a group that developed gene expression tests to help determine which chemotherapy drugs are best suited for a particular tumor.

Discover also named Jay Keasling, a chemical engineer at the University of California at Berkeley, as its scientist of the year for his groundbreaking work in synthetic biology.

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.