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Ah, Summer. The Smell of Last-Minute Ph.D. Defenses Is in the Air

On her blog, the FemaleScienceProfessor goes through the "Anatomy of a Ph.D. Defense." As a committee member she mainly probes the unpublished data to give feedback on it to the student but sometimes the meetings seem to be a waste of time, she says. Scroll all the way down her post -- the commenters add their own defense experiences.

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.