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Don't Call Them a Publisher

Science Commons' blog points to a video documentary on open access. In one part, Nature's publishing director, Timo Hanna, talks about how the magazine is using Creative Commons licenses to make some of their content free. Hannay emphasizes how they've made use of online business models, and for users to think of Nature not as a publisher but a scientific communications company. "There is a PR benefit to be gained by using a creative commons license rather than not," Hannay says, adding that "when we say we are making content available for free, we are talking about a portion of content and not all of the content."

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.