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Also Will Focus on the Fundamentals

In a column at the Washington Post, American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers writes that President Obama's plan to extend Title IX from athletics to the sciences "ought to give people pause." She says that Title IX has boosted women's participation in athletics but at the cost of male athletes, and she thinks the same will happen in the sciences. Already, she points out, women earn 60 percent of bachelor's degrees and half of the PhDs in the humanities, social sciences, life sciences, and education while men maintain the majority in physics, computer science, and engineering. Science Progress points out that after that step, women leave science and engineering in droves. A National Academies reports says 14.8 percent of the full professors in the life sciences are women. "These are the circles where gender parity is a significant question," Science Progress says.

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.