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Nature of the Beast?

The National Academy of Sciences inducted 72 new members and 18 foreign associates earlier this month "in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research," it said at the time. Inside Higher Ed points out that only nine of the new members are women. "Advocates for women in science have long complained about the relatively small number of women elected," Inside Higher Ed says, pointing to the Association for Women in Science, "while others have said that this reflects the overall pool of scientists, especially at the senior level." Over at its Web site, the association presents a series of charts to show the ratio of men and women elected to the NAS annually since 1994, and how, based on the number of doctorates awarded to women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, for the most part, far fewer women have been elected to the academy than would have been expected.

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.