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NCBI RefSeq 74

RefSeq 74 is now available via ftp and through the National Center for Biotechnology Information's programming utilities. This release incorporates genomic, transcript, and protein data available as of January 11, 2016 and includes 89,458,499 records, 56,496,614 proteins, 13,719,136 RNAs, and sequences from 57,993 organisms. Additional details are available in the release notes.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.