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It's Easier Said Than Done, Especially When Your Grant is Less Than Last Year

A blog post at bayblab confronts the age-old (or at least pretty old) conundrum of 'publish or perish'. As a grad student, it might be tempting to succumb to peer pressure and rush into publishing, since the only way to get an assistantship is to have your name in print. It’s probably not worth it, they write, at the cost of an imperfect paper. According to HHMI's Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, "try to resist the temptation to rush into print, if you have a choice. Remember, the quality of your publications is what matters most in the long run."

 

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.