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Sewer Sequences

The bacteria and viruses that infect us also get passed into raw sewage, and to track disease, Eric Schadt, when he was the chief scientific officer at Pacific Biosciences, wanted to try to sequence wastewater to identify pathogens, Forbes' Matthew Herper reports.

At that time, Herper notes that the implementation was a little unwieldy: bringing samples from the San Francisco sewers back to PacBio sequencers for testing was not really workable.

Schadt, now at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, still wants to develop a sequence-based map of pathogens, and Herper says that the small Oxford Nanopore sequencers could be the answer.

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more