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Welcome Back, Copernicus

Good news: they've found Nicolaus Copernicus. (And you probably didn't even know he was missing.) As various news outlets report, scientists have performed DNA analysis on skeletal remains found buried in the cathedral where Copernicus lived and compared them to hairs found in a book owned by the scientist. "Three years ago, archaeologists dug up a skull and partial remains of a man aged about 70, Copernicus' age when he died, near an altar at the cathedral," the BBC says, adding that "forensic facial reconstruction of the skull found that it bore a striking resemblance to existing portraits of the father of modern astronomy."

 

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.