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Yet Another Reason to Take Those Calcium Supplements

Over at Think Gene, Josh Hill blogs about a recently published study that may explain why the bubonic plague is more virulent than its phylogenetic neighbors. The theory is that in the absence of calcium, Yersinia pestis produces so much aspartic acid that it can cause an imbalance of amino acids in the host's system, according to the post. You can check out the open access paper here.


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.