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Ensembl Genomes 33

Ensembl Genomes 33 is now available. This release incorporates the Araport 11 gene model annotation for Arabidopsis thaliana and adds mitochondrial and plastid genome sequences to the current maize chromosomal assembly. It also includes updated peptide comparative genomics and BioMarts for plants and fungi and updated protein features from InterPro for plants, metazoa, protists, and fungi among other changes.

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.