Skip to main content

The Emotion of it All

Science, Ewan Birney writes in The Observer, can be much more emotional than journal papers can lead people to believe. He recalls a heated argument with a colleague over a set of experiments. "We must have been a sight: two geeks wildly gesticulating and laughing, happy to be friends after a virtual plate-throwing fight," Birney writes, adding "this is not what you write up in your scientific paper."

Other emotions — happiness as well as frustration — come out, too, Birney writes. "Pivotal moments in science can cause an outright physical reaction – a wave of giddiness when you realise you've backed the right idea," he says, but then there also is "the sinking feeling when you just can't make an idea fit."

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.