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DbSNP 145 and Genome Workbench 2.9.5

The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released dbSNP 145. This release includes data for pig, chicken, sorghum, and gibbon. It provides more than 195 million submitted and 84 million reference variants for the four species. Additional details are available here.

NCBI has also released Genome Workbench 2.9.5. New features in this relese include added support for the Mac operating system and a ruler for protein coding regions in the graphical sequence view, among other fixes and improvements. Additional details are available in the release notes.

The Scan

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Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.