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Last Scientist Standing

Imperial College London's Paula Salgado describes her experience as part of "I'm a scientist, get me out of here" in this guest post at The Scientist's blog. As part of that group, she and 99 other scientists answered questions from students as well as participating in live chats with students during their science classes. "I would happily move from whether I preferred ice-cream or chocolate to explaining how I get proteins to crystallize or how long we have to wait before we can go and live in Chernobyl without dying from radiation — such was the pace and the range of their curiosity," she writes. The event also took a reality-TV-style turn. At the end of each day of the second week, the students voted one scientist per subgroup out of the event — but Salgado made it to the last two.

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.