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The Sound of Silence

Blogger Isis asks discusses what a researcher's course of action should be if a co-author won't respond to queries asking if a manuscript is ready for submission. She says the advice she most often hears is to include the author and submit the work, but she points out that some journal guidelines expect that each author has read and approved the work. "Seems to me that, based on these types of statements from journals, the appropriate course of action would be to exclude the author from the authors list and acknowledge their work in the body of the work," Isis writes. Janet Stemwedel also jumps in on the discussion and walks through some of the ethical issues, and she adds, "Of course, it's hard to know whether radio silence is best interpreted as assent, dissent, or just unwillingness to be bothered."

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.