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Mo' Money, Mo' Science

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute says it will award $79 million to universities so that teachers and researchers can develop new ideas and initiatives to strengthen science education. The grants will be funded through HHMI's Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program and its Professors Program. Fifty research universities across the country will receive $70 million, with grants ranging from $800,000 to $2 million to develop creative curricula, give students more time in the lab and improve science teaching, HHMI says. The other $9 million will be split among 13 HHMI professors to work on solving the problems of science education and to teach large, introductory science classes.

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.