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Richard Gibbs, Prepare for Some Random Phone Calls

Is everyone familiar with their Erdos number? GTO thinks of it as a brainy version of the Kevin Bacon game -- determining how many degrees separate you from someone else (most of the time, Kevin Bacon, but in this instance, mathematician Paul Erdos).

In a post on the evolgen blog this week, blogger RPM asks whether it's time for this community to have its own Paul Erdos or Kevin Bacon -- and suggests Richard Gibbs at Baylor as the person to connect to.

 

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.