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Scientists at the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and the Biological Data Management and Technology Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have launched the Expert Review version of the Integrated Microbial Genomes system. IMG ER provides curation tools that enable researchers to review and revise annotations of microbial genomes.

As of April, the IMG system contained 1,284 bacterial, 59 archaeal, 49 eukaryotic, and 2,524 viral genomes, as well as 924 plasmid sequences. IMG ER curation tools allow researchers to detect and correct annotation problems, such as genes missed by gene prediction pipelines or genes without an associated function. The IMG ER system can be accessed here after requesting an account.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.