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And Yes, It Is Still Surprising to Find Him Saying Not-Quite-True Things

In a Technology Review blog, Kevin Bullis picks apart US President Bush's State of the Union address, where he blamed Congress for not funding the American Competitiveness Initiative. What actually happened, Bullis writes, is that the funds were included in both 2007 and 2008's budgets, but Congress didn't approve them -- under veto pressure from Bush. "The funding increases for basic research had actually been included in a catchall spending bill, but they were cut at the last minute in response to veto threats from the president, who had set a firm limit on the amount of domestic spending he would allow."

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.