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Ensembl Genomes 28

Ensembl Genomes 28 is now available. This release features updates to version 81 of the Ensembl platform across all divisions with a total of of 23,636 genomes from 4,991 species. It also includes annoation updates for Schizosaccharomyces pombe (fission yeast); and recalculated protein domains for Ensembl protists, metazoa, fungi and plants using the latest version of InterProScan.

The Scan

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.

Not Immediately Told

The US National Institutes of Health tells lawmakers that one of its grantees did not immediately report that it had developed a more infectious coronavirus, Science says.

Seems Effective in Kids

The Associated Press reports that the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic disease.