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Francis vs. the Atheists: This Won't Be Pretty

At Framing Science, Matthew Nisbet uses today's premier of the movie Expelled to caution atheist scientists about going too far. He excerpts a Pew interview with Francis Collins, who breaks down why "the current crowd of seemingly angry atheists, who are using science as part of their argument that faith is irrelevant, do not speak for us," Collins says. He goes on to say that 40 percent of scientists believe in a personal God. "To the extent that it can be made clear that the assault on faith, which has been pretty shrill in the last couple of years, is coming from a fringe — a minority — and is not representative of what most scientists believe, that would help defuse the incendiary rhetoric and perhaps allow a real conversation about creation," he tells Pew.

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.