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Tell Your Friends We Could Use a Little More Crowding

Robert Kaye at O'Reilly Radar blogs about a session at ETech 2009, O'Reilly's emerging technology conference that's going on now. The session was a presentation from John Wilbanks (of Science Commons fame), who talked about "how creating a science oriented commons presented unique challenges," Kaye writes. "So far, the science world has taken paper metaphors and made them digital, which doesn't really enable new models of easy data sharing. John likened the scientific community to a stable system that has an "immune response" that is resistant to change." Wilbanks also discussed the inherent dilemma in a crowdsourcing model for science -- namely, that the basic knowledge needed to participate in useful conversations is so sophisticated that there tend not to be enough contributors to make up a crowd in the first place.

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.