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Thanks for the Golden Egg, Goose, But Don't Let the Door Hit You on Your Way Out

From the Wall Street Journal, here's a story that highlights the dramatic changes going on in the depths of big pharma. The feature article looks in particular at Pfizer and a round of layoffs it announced earlier this year -- among the 2,100 people cut was the inventor of Lipitor, "the bestselling pharmaceutical drug ever," according to the story.

If being responsible for some $80 billion in revenues doesn't bring job security, what does? According to the article, pharma is so mired in tough times, and new chemical compounds have proven so hard to come by, that chemists are being laid off with abandon. It's a good time to be thankful if you're one of the lucky pharma scientists working on biologics instead.


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.