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Perfecting the Postdoc Application

Writing in Nature, Kendall Powell explains how to compose pristine post-doctoral applications. In speaking with senior scientists, who screen a multitude of applications per year, Powell provides readers with some straightforward “dos and don’ts.” For example, she writes that background research is essential, as are a meticulously prepared CV and cover letter. She stresses that personalization is key ― “form letters and typos will get applications nowhere,” Powell writes. Things an applicant should never do: highlight personal woes, bad-mouth previous labs, or express a desire to work only at night. She’s also arranged a “Postdoc application to-do list” in her article.

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.