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Without Having Done It, How Can We Know You Can Do It?

Michael White at Adaptive Complexity weighs in on NIH being risk-adverse in awarding its grants. It's not a new phenomenon, he says, but it means that more and more grants go to senior investigators and conservative projects at the loss of younger researcher and riskier work. White says he likes the idea put forth by Richard Klausner and David Baltimore in Nature last month. They suggest that, in the future, "funding criteria will put more weight on judgements about the individual who is applying." White says he likes that idea "principle" as it "shifts the emphasis away from generating large amounts of preliminary data ... the down side is that younger investigators with shorter track records will have less of an opportunity to get funding for something genuinely new."

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.