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Composing Science

Innovations in research don't just benefit scientists. Composers and musicians have a history of using new technology to their benefit, says the Chronicle of Higher Education's Eric Kelderman. UCSD music professor and composer Rand Steiger is no exception. Steiger recently began a two-year stay at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, a center that aims to foster cross-discipline collaborations, Kelderman says. Steiger will be working with engineers to explore how digital technology can be used to make music, he adds. Steiger is one of 15 musical and visual artists at the institute, which employs them to explore the full range of what the technology has to offer, according to Ramesh Rao, who directs the institute's San Diego division.

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.