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Who Would You Choose?

In addition to naming the most powerful people in the world (US President Barack Obama tops that list), Forbes had former NIH director Elias Zerhouni choose the seven most influential people in medicine. Zerhouni names the current NIH director Francis Collins as the most important person in that realm, followed by National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci. Also making an appearance are David Baltimore, Harold Varmus, and Shinya Yamanaka.

HT: The Scientist

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.