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Let Them Stay Home with the Kids

Sciencewoman responds to a letter in Nature suggesting that it may be unethical to recommend scientific careers to women since the culture is not family-friendly. She blogs that this sort of reaction is akin to saying that if the scientific culture isn't perfect for women, then women shouldn't get involved in it at all. "As we continue to encourage young women to pursue the full range of scientific and technical careers," she writes, "we all must actively work to make academic science careers more friendly to both women and men with lives and families outside the ivory tower."

 

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.