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A Better Letter

The Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship blog has some words of wisdom on those all-important letters of intent for the NIH Grand Opportunity grants, due April 27. Most importantly: "Please note the request for a lot more detail than is typical in an LOI. In fact, they essentially want most of the proposal, including its budget," according to the blogger. In addition to the usual letter of intent info, MWEG blogs that "prospective applicants are also asked to consider including [translation: damn well better include]" details such as "evidence that the project is ready for immediate implementation" and a "preliminary list of the expected 2-year outcomes and deliverables."

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.