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If You're Sick of Craig, Skip to the Next Post

If you couldn't attend the TED2008 geekfest (that's the Technology, Entertainment, and Design meeting) a couple of weeks back, conference organizers have begun posting videos of some of the talks. Of course, Craig Venter took to the podium to talk about synthetic biology and "fourth-generation fuels." After his talk, you can watch what's billed as "a fascinating Q&A" with Craig and Chris Anderson.

 

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.