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Prestige is Overrated

Science in the United States "has really kind of died over a quarter of a century, even as the importance of science has grown," said Nina Fedoroff, Condoleezza Rice's science advisor, at the World Science Festival. She and other panelists, including David Baltimore, pointed to a high-level disdain of science (as seen by US officials questioning evidence for climate change and evolution) as well as a lack of federal funds for stem cell research.

Also announced at the festival were the winners of the $1 million Kavli Prizes. Caltech's Maarten Schmidt and Cambridge's Donald Lynden-Bell shared the astrophysics prize; Louis Brus of Columbia and Sumio Iijima of Meijo University won in nanoscience; and the neuroscience prize went to the Karolinska's Sten Grillner, Columbia's Thomas Jessell, and Yale's Pasko Rakic.


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.