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The Words Darwin Wrote and Read

To get your fill of Charles Darwin, listen to the Guardian's Science Weekly podcast. On the podcast with Alok Jha are Poet Laureate Ruth Padel, University College London's Steve Jones, and Cambridge University's Gillian Beer, to discusses Darwin's writings and what he read. Padel recommends the Voyage of the Beagle (she calls it "fresh, vivid and personal"); Jones likes The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals ("terminally weird"); and Beer discusses the books that Darwin himself read (he liked novels as long as there was a happy ending).

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.