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Though the PhD Challenge recently crowned its 2010 winner, graduate students who are disappointed to have passed on the opportunity to plant tawdry terms in their peer-reviewed publications are in luck — the organizers have announced its 2011 contest:

The goal of this year's challenge is to get either the nickname "Dirty Old Man" or "Crazy Cat Lady" included in the byline for at least one author in the final version of a peer-reviewed academic paper. As an example, an eligible submission could contain the authors John "Dirty Old Man" Smith and/or Jane "Crazy Cat Lady" Smith.

Full contest details appear in the call for participation, here.

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.