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Science and a Side of Diplomacy

A new Swiss program aims to back long-term science projects, such as tackling excess carbon in the atmosphere, the Associated Press reports. It adds that the program, called the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA), could also act as a body to settle scientific disputes.

According to the AP, the backers of GESDA, which include the Swiss government, say that the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for not only advanced preparation for pandemics, but also the need for diplomacy. "We could have perhaps been more prepared for the pandemic than we were today," Peter Brabeck, the former chair and CEO of Nestle, who was tapped by the Swiss to lead GESDA, tells the AP. "Only a scientific breakthrough is not enough. It has to be embedded in a diplomatic framework."

In a press release, GESDA says it is planning a summit in October to bring together UN officials, scientists, diplomats, and others to discuss key scientific issues including human genome engineering, quantum computing, space resources, and more.

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.