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Survey Says: Potential Bias, But Excellent Data Quality

Industry-funded research, particularly in the biomedical area, is often shunned as biased – the New York Times' John Tierney points to JAMA's stricter standards for research papers from industry as an example. However, a new study in the International Journal of Obesity that was funded by NIH analyzed data from 60 obesity treatment clinical trials and found that industry-supported research had better data quality than non-industry supported research. Adaptive Complexity's Michael White notes, "We shouldn't blindly reject non-academic biomedical research, but neither should we risk the public trust by failing to make the financial stakes involved in a study transparent."

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.