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All the World's Genomes

The Smithsonian Institution is opening a virtual biodiversity genomics institute, ScienceInsider reports.

With is Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics, the institution hopes to foster efforts to collect and catalog DNA from all life on Earth.

"Our goal is to pioneer novel genomic approaches, integrate them into biological endeavors throughout the Smithsonian, and serve as a resource for genomics research around the world," Pierre Comizzoli, the director of the Grand Challenges Consortia for Science at the Smithsonian, says in a statement.

ScienceInsider's Elizabeth Pennisi notes that the Smithsonian already allocates some $10 million a year for genomic research, but as part of this effort to coordinate biodiversity genomics globally, John Kress, the Smithsonian's interim under secretary for science, says he wants to raise $100 million over the next 10 years.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.