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Research vs. Teaching

Scientists are concerned that American universities are undermining education in the US by "aggressively" encouraging research and not paying an equal amount of attention to teaching, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education's Paul Basken. In a Nature article, University of Vermont biochemist Kenneth Mann says if this trend continues, there soon won't be enough researchers to do research because they won't be educated properly. And in a similar commentary in Science, a group of Harvard and UC Irvine researchers say research success is being counted before anything else when it comes to handing out promotions, and teaching suffers as a result. The researchers are also concerned about all this in light of what are sure to be some tight budgets for science across the country for the next few years, Basken 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.