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Don't Forget to Pack a Hazmat Suit in Your Hurricane Emergency Kit

This New York Times article covers the BL4 lab at the University of Texas branch in Galveston, an island that was pounded last month by Hurricane Ike. "How a laboratory where scientists plan to study viruses like Ebola and Marburg ended up on a barrier island where hurricanes regularly wreak havoc puzzles some environmentalists and community leaders," the story says. The lab is set to open November 11, and leaders say they have planned for every storm-related contingency; the building can withstand 140-mile-per-hour winds. The lab's deputy director says that when a hurricane approaches, scientists will be instructed to "stop their experiments and exterminate many of the viruses and bacteria they are studying."

 

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.