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The "Hottest" Researchers

A Reuters survey of top researchers has named MIT's Rudolf Jaenisch the "hottest" in the world, saying his MIT stem cell lab has consistently broken barriers in the field. The annual list also named noted genomics experts at the Broad Institute: Eric Lander, Mark Daly, and David Altshuler. Jaenisch works with embryonic stem cells and iPS cells, and had 14 of the most cited papers, according to the survey. His research uses iPS cells to study Parkinson's disease and sickle-cell anemia. Other researchers that made the top 12 include biostatistician Goncalo Abecasis of the University of Michigan, who has worked with the team from Broad; Carlo Croce from Ohio State University; and Shizuo Akira of Osaka University for his work on toll-like receptors.

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.