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Watch Out for the Lay People Hanging Around PubMed

Not only do scientists use PubMed to search for all the information under the sun on a given topic, but so do lay people -- and the NCBI noticed and made a small change. When working on her mumps posts, Sandra Porter noticed the fairly new box at the bottom right of the PubMed results page that includes patient drug information from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. "Even better," she writes, "the information is written in English! My students always complained about the difficulty of reading abstracts in PubMed."


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.