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Don't Blame the Kids

At Thus Spake Zuska, Suzanne Franks blogs that "motherhood is an issue for a woman who chooses to work and have children, in science or in any career. It is not, however, the issue for women in science." She then quotes the Nature review of Emily Monosson's Motherhood: The Elephant in the Laboratory as saying "more disturbing is the implication that in the absence of motherhood, women in academic science would have untroubled careers. This is naive. Evidence shows that female scientists without children do not fare better than those with children who remain full-time in the workforce." Franks concurs, saying that the problems women face in the sciences go beyond child-rearing and that the focus on children doesn't leave room for discussing other issues.

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.