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Throwing a Little Sunshine on Conflicts of Interest

Vivian Cheng at Science Progress writes that there is widespread knowledge of financial conflicts among researchers with some instances that go so far as to affect patient safety or well-being. Recommendations to reduce these conflicts have been to standardize financial disclosure requirements and requiring disclosure for journal articles and studies. "The IOM [Institute of Medicine] advises that Congress create a national program that requires pharmaceutical, medicine device, and biotechnology companies and their foundations to publicly report payments to researchers, physicians, institutions, professional societies, patient advocacy groups, and continuing medical education providers," Cheng writes. Two US senators also introduced a bill, The Physician Payment Sunshine Act, that if passed would require companies to report payments greater than $500 made to physicians.

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.