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We Have a Sinking Feeling About This

Jonathan Rochkind has a blog post at Bibliographic Wilderness that suggests Elsevier and Merck's fake journal might not be a one-time collapse in judgment. After doing some research, he found that the phony journal was published under the "Excerpta Medica Communications" imprint -- which runs 50 other publications. "Certainly I’d think anything published under this imprint, if not anything by Elsevier in general, is suspect," Rochkind writes, noting that its website describes Excerpta as "a strategic medical communications agency [that partners with] clients in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to educate the global health care community." Bloggers are abuzz with the news; check out commentaries at Ouroboros and Open Reading Frame.

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.