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Potential Reforms

The US Office of Management and Budget has a notice in the Federal Register calling for comment on proposed changes to federal grant policies. The proposed reforms include ideas for changing the single audit framework, consolidating cost principles, and creating a uniform set of administrative requirements. “As you can see, some of these changes, if implemented, will have a broad, long-lasting effect on how federal grants are administered,” notes Sally Rockey, the deputy director of extramural research at the US National Institutes of Health, at her Rock Talk blog. OMB is accepting comments until March 29th.

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.