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Steps to Make Yourself Indispensable

JuniorProf says that with the current economic climate, now's the time to be impressive. In his blog post, he outlines his own plan for making sure he's a valuable commodity to his institution. "Now is not the time for slacking. I've been traveling, working more hours than usual (and for me that's saying something) and generally saying yes to everything I can possibly handle," he writes. He's also "doing some extra homework on opportunities" like digging up new funding mechanisms and little-known foundations. And "just in case I do get the axe, no bridges are being burned. In fact, bridges are being actively maintained and some new ones are getting built," he adds.


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.