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'Stuck in the Past'

The underrepresentation of women in science may mean that discrimination against female researchers is "institutional," says the Guardian's Alice Bell. A new study published in PNAS suggests science is "stuck in the past" when it comes to women and is focusing on the wrong issues in order to get past the problem, she adds. The researchers — Cornell University's Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams — reviewed 20 years of data on gender discrimination in science and they say too much attention has been focused on discrimination when women apply for jobs or funding. Instead, they argue that the focus should be shifted to making changes in education and policy that "reflect the challenges faced by women interested in building a long-term career in science," Bell 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.