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Indispensable, Yes. Appreciated? Maybe

There's a spate of blog posts about jobs in the biotech industry. Sandra Porter first took up the mantle last week and now links to an interview of Bio-Link's Elaine Johnson. Johnson has helped set up community college programs to prepare students for work in the biotech sector. For those coming from academia, Bitesize Bio wonders about teamwork -- necessary in industry but often woefully absent in graduate schools. Once in industry, In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe asks how lab associates' status is perceived -- he says they are indispensable, though they're often treated more like manual labor. "An experienced chemistry lab associate is one of the most readily employable people in the industry, under normal conditions," says Lowe.

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.