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Time to Dust Off Those Business Plans

This article from Forbes reports on a new venture capital fund started by three former executives of Millennium Pharmaceuticals: Mark Levin, Kevin Starr, and Bob Tepper. They just raised $378 million for what they're calling Third Rock Ventures. According to the article, the fund will be closely managing startup companies, and will "only look at a few biotechs, each getting a few tens of millions of dollars."

 

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.