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A New Place to Experiment

For $150 a month, anyone near Sunnyvale, Calif., can become a member of BioCurious, a community biotech research lab, writes's Ray Walters. According to the lab's Web site, it is equipped with an autoclave as well as equipment for electrophoresis and PCR, and the lab offers classes. "For those who aspire to be bio-chemists and can't afford to build a lab of their own, a solution now exists to conduct research on the cheap," Walters writes, later adding that "BioCurious needs to be applauded for creating a space in which innovation can happen in a communal atmosphere. It is this kind of wide open experimentation and idea sharing that creates new and awesome innovation."

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.