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Ensembl Genomes 27

Ensembl Genomes 27 is now available. In this release, hundreds of annotated genomes have been added to Ensembl Protists and Ensembl Fungi; Ensembl Bacteria now includes updated versiond of 23,000 genomes; Ensembl Metazoa includes gene model updates for six vectors of human diseases and new variation datasets for the yellow fever mosquito and the black-legged tick among other updates. 

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.