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COSMIC 34, dbSNP Build 128

Release 34 of the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations In Cancer database is now available here. The new COSMIC release includes updates on BRCA1, BRCA2, and the EWSR1/ERG gene fusion from the scientific literature. Also, the website has been enhanced with an update of old gene names and further links. In addition, the Cancer Genome Project trace and genotype archive, which holds the group’s sequence traces and genotype data, is now available.


NCBI dbSNP EntrezSNP build 128 and build 128 FTP are now available here.

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.