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Don't Spend It All ... On One Fridge.

At the Bayblab blog, they wonder just how much grant money is spent on applied research and how much on, well, overpriced equipment and missed targets. Canada's National Post printed a story about a scientist who was forced to re-pay grant money that he spent on personal gadgets. It begs the question, they write, "should we hold the researchers accountable for the money they use?" Though the rare (well, we hope so) person will abuse their grantor's generosity, in most cases conducting research is simply expensive. "I don't understand how an ice pack for a western apparatus can be 10 times more expensive than a regular one, or why a research fridge is four times the price of a regular fridge. It's certainly not for the reliability, from what I've seen of our fridges," the bloggers write.

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.