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If it Worked for Him…

Blogger John Hawks was just awarded tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is celebrating by posting a series on the tenure process and how a blog could help along the way. In this first post, though, Hawks says "there is no way that you should start a blog, especially in the first couple of years on the tenure track" but then adds that he doesn't believe his own advice, given that he didn't follow it himself. Hawks also says that blogging under your own name can also help you raise your profile. "A blog gives you the opportunity for immediate reactions to news: meaning that your colleagues can learn about new results by reading what you wrote about them. This can be a powerful way to build a reputation," writes Hawks.

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.