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Enlis Genome Research 1.8

Enlis Genomics has released Enlis Genome Research 1.8. This release includes a new phenotype explorer tool that lets users search for keywords that match diseases and traits and also see specific positions and variations that are associated with that phenotype. The tool comes preloaded with known variation for over 6,000 phenotypes. Also included in this release are several major annotation updates and new options for vcf filtering during import.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.