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At Least It Wasn't Jurassic Park

Chad Orzel is giving out tips for tenure-track faculty, mainly that junior faculty should seek out advice but only take some of it. "In the end, the decisions about what you do are your decisions to make, and you should do the things that you want to do," he writes. In a separate post, Orzel relates some advice he did take from a colleague, that walking around in the classroom would create an "active and welcoming" environment. At 6' 6", he writes, "I was on the high side of 290lbs (132 kg). When I walked out from the board, and circulated among the class, I didn't create a more inclusive atmosphere. I created stark terror — the expressions on the students' faces were just this side of fleeing extras in Cloverfield."

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.