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Fake News Isn't Going Anywhere

Stephen Colbert is sending his DNA into space as part of video game designer Richard Garriott's Operation Immortality. Colbert's DNA will be digitized and archived on the International Space Station as an off-site backup of humanity -- who better to resurrect humankind  than Colbert, says Garriott in a statement. He will be bringing Colbert's DNA, along with that of Digg creator Kevin Rose, gold medalist Scott Johnson, American Gladiator Matt Morgan, and others, to the ISS in October as part of his space-tourism trip. "I am thrilled to have my DNA shot into space, as this brings me one step closer to my life-long dream of being the baby at the end of 2001," says Colbert in a press release.

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.