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We May Be Going in a Handbasket, But It'll Be a Fun Ride

It's not everybody that can be sentenced to eternal damnation and have fun with it. A week after the Catholic Church issued seven new deadly sins -- which included genetic experimentation -- members of the GTO community are taking the opportunity to think about scientific morality. At Sciencebase, David Bradley offers his list of Seven Deadly Sins for Scientists; they include plagiarism, vanity, and procrastination. He's only got six sins on his list, though, and commenters are having a field day suggesting the seventh.

[IMGCAP(1)]Meanwhile, if you're going to hell and proud of it, show off your stuff with one of these new T shirts from MIT, pointed out by Jason Kelly at his Free Genes blog. Undergrads in a biological engineering class came up with the designs, which feature a number of animals making the noise of another kind of animal.


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.