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BioJava 4.0.0

BioJava 4.0.0 is available here. The release includes changes to the core application programming interface such as an improved GenBank parser and support for feature records, qualifiers, and nested locations. It also offers better support for crystallographic information, better organization of downloaded structure files, a new algorithm for symmetry detection in biological asesemblies, and other updates.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.