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According to Some, Having a Brain is a Good Thing

At ScienceBlogs' denialism blog, Mark Hoofnagle bemoans the destructive consequences that befell scientific policy analysis after the 1995 elimination of the Office of Technology Assessment. Without this formerly 30-year-old federal office, he writes, “any member [of Congress] can introduce whatever set of facts they want, by employing some crank think tank to cherry-pick the scientific literature to suit any ideological agenda.” Stop complaining, he suggests, and start acting to push Congress to refund the OTA.

 

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.