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Showdown, Though Not Quite at the OK Corral

Carl Icahn is taking another swing at Genzyme; he is going after four seats on Genzyme’s nine-member board — for himself and for three associates, reports the New York Times. Icahn has not said what his plans might be for Genzyme, though the Times notes that when Icahn wins seats on boards, chief executive officers tend to leave and Genzyme’s Henri Termeer isn’t expected to go without a fight. “I’m sure Henri will fight,” says former Genzyme director Constantine Anagnostopoulos. “But he will not fight if his fighting is detrimental to Genzyme. Genzyme is Henri’s baby.” In a statement, Termeer says that Genzyme would “welcome a constructive dialogue with Mr. Icahn.”

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.