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Open Arms for Open Access

Peter Suber at Open Access News takes excerpts from reports on NIH and NSF's open access policies. Over at NIH, the open access requirement for all PubMed submissions seems to have been accepted fairly well. "The Public Access Policy is working, by which I mean that public access to bio-medical research is increasing dramatically without creating any real danger to the publishing industry," says an article from Duke University. The NSF Task Force on Cyberlearning also released a report, which supports OA but for different reasons. "All these developments [in OA to research literature and data] will help to contribute to the effectiveness of cyberlearning initiatives," it says.

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.