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If We Had $120 Million, We'd Build Another Facebook Too

Over at Life as a Healthcare CIO, John Halamka blogs about the $117.5 million Clinical and Translational Science Award that Harvard just won, and the technology that will emerge from it: "Call it Facebook meets eHarmony for the Harvard community," he writes. The networking tool will merge demographic info from the faculty database with PubMed feeds and MeSH keywords, which will enable the network to recommend colleagues whose work might be interesting and give people the option of connecting to each other. The tool will also track core facilities and capabilities, as well as events and other data to keep everyone aware of what's going on throughout the school.

 

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.