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Ensembl 78

Ensembl release 78 is available here.

The release includes updates to the mouse assembly; updated pig HAVANA annotation in vega; updated C. elegans annotation; and updated data from the animal QTL database for chicken, cow, horse, pig, and sheep. Also in this release, transcript support levels, APPRIS principal isoforms, and GENCODE basic annotations are now accessible through Ensembl Biomart. 

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.