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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

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.