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Cheat Sheet for Nature

Today's issue of Nature, GTO-style:

In this editorial, the team examines the challenges facing drug giant Pfizer, which has new management and recently announced plans to lay off some 10,000 employees and shut down some lab facilities (the Ann Arbor, Mich., lab facing this fate is the subject of a story in the news section). Nature's take is that this will be a crucial lesson for the industry as a whole, which is still trying to find its footing in an environment with fewer and fewer blockbuster drugs on the horizon. GTO's silver lining lesson for Pfizer: hey, at least you're not Ford.

In this paper from lead author Susse Kirkelund Hansen, scientists report on research into biofilms, using a simplified community of just two organisms. The authors report on how a mutation in the genome of one organism altered the physical environment for both critters.

And here's an article from Lutz Bornmann, a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, on gender bias issues in science. In addition to the study Bornmann and colleagues conducted, the author refers to a report from the US National Science Foundation which found that "women faculty earn less, are promoted less frequently to senior academic ranks, and publish less frequently than their male counterparts."


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.