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First, Decide Whether You're a Bioinformaticist or a Bioinformatician

Shirley Wu at I Was Lost But Now I Live Here blogs about a talk by Stanford's Joel Dudley on how to be an effective bioinformatics programmer. The blog post covers 12 tips, including: learn UNIX; learn one text editor very well; rely on established frameworks where possible; and be descriptive in naming your variables so that others can understand what's going on in the code. Shirley also includes a link to slides from the talk.

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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.