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Life Without Science? Perish the Thought

We could all use a little inspiration on a Monday, so check out physicist Brian Greene's love letter to science, published as an op-ed in the New York Times. He says there should be better ways of teaching science to show students what an integral role it can play in their lives. "Science is a language of hope and inspiration, providing discoveries that fire the imagination and instill a sense of connection to our lives and our world," he writes. He adds:

When we look at the wealth of opportunities hovering on the horizon -- stem cells, genomic sequencing, personalized medicine, longevity research, nanoscience, brain-machine interface, quantum computers, space technology -- we realize how crucial it is to cultivate a general public that can engage with scientific issues; there’s simply no other way that as a society we will be prepared to make informed decisions on a range of issues that will shape the future.

 

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.