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GRCh37 update for Ensembl 79

The European Bioinformatics Institute has added new information for the GRCh37 human reference assembly to Ensembl 79. The updated information includes variation data for human from dbSNP build 142, imported genotypes from the thrid phase of the 1000 Genomes project, and a new regulatory build among other updates.

The Scan

US Supports Patent Waivers

NPR reports that the Biden Administration has announced its support for waiving intellectual property protections for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Vaccines Versus Variants

Two studies find the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to be effective against viral variants, and Moderna reports on booster shots to combat variants.

CRISPR for What Ails You

The Wall Street Journal writes that CRISPR-based therapies could someday be used to treat common conditions like heart attacks.

Nature Papers Review Integration of Single-Cell Assay Data, Present Approach to Detect Rare Variants

In Nature this week: review of ways to integrate data from single-cell assays, and more.