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No Time to Find Out Where They Keep the Toner

The US Department of Health and Human Services now has a leader with Kathleen Sebelius being confirmed and sworn in yesterday. The Senate voted 65 to 31 to confirm her nomination. "We wanted to swear her in right away because we've got a significant public health challenge that requires her immediate attention," President Obama said, according to the Wall Street Journal. Directly after, Sebelius headed to the Situation Room to be briefed on the swine flu situation.

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.