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Now There's a Vote of Confidence If Ever We've Seen One

The UK's Medical Research Council got a new chairman last October, and already Parliament members have issued a report saying they have "serious reservations" about him, according to this article in the Guardian. MPs cite both the lack of transparency surrounding Sir John Chisholm's appointment as well as doubts that he can successfully lead the funding agency through its restructuring. Hey, John, chin up: you may not have a mandate, but you've got oversight of £500m a year -- and that ain't bad.


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.