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ICU Just Got Even More Intensive

In a story at Scientific American, Wash U's J. Perren Cobb is studying ways to use chips to clarify gene expression patterns of ICU patients, to best determine how and when to treat for ventilator-associated pneumonia. He hopes to start a clinical trial on his "immune checkup" research, and "preemptively treat the right patients, save lives, and save hospitals the $50,000 per case that ventilator-associated pneumonia can cost," says the story.

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.