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Good Thing Frozen Dinners Are Yummy and Nutritious

As blogger Michael Barton enters the last year of his PhD, he is thinking philosophically about his future. He dwells mainly on the meaning of hard work and its eventual path to disillusionment, whether he will be eating frozen dinners alone or will have no career prospects because he has a life outside the lab, and the dismal financial prospects of being a researcher. Like a true scientist, he graphs it all out. See the figures here.

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.