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Into the Void (subtitle: A Woman's Path in Science)

Nature Network blogger and scientist Anna Kushnir pens an editorial for Wired wondering why there's such a large discrepancy in the number of women who start out in graduate school compared to the number that end up as tenured professors. She considers a couple of possible causes -- including the pressure of choosing career over family, or a potentially uncomfortable male-dominated environment -- that drive women from their long-term goals. One way to ease the discrepancy might be to "remove as many obstacles and pressures as possible and let the choice be theirs," she writes. "Isn't that the whole point of the much-maligned term, feminism?"

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.