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Layoff Rumblings

Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline says he's "getting reports of significant chemistry layoffs coming this fall at Pfizer’s Groton facility." He suspects that the biology division will also be hit, adding, "There's nothing on the news wires about any of this, so it's not at the official announcement stage, but people seem to be getting braced."

Whether it's true or not, it can't be any fun working for a place that everyone else has negative speculations about. Sorry, Pfizerites.

 

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.