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RefSeq 72

RefSeq 72 is now available via ftp and through the National Center for Biotechnology Information's programming utilities. The release incorporates genomic, transcript, and protein data available as of August 27, 2015 and includes 79,189,847 records, 51,933,925 proteins, 12,321,036 RNAs, and sequences from 54,937 organisms. 

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.