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Hold the Bacon?


If you eat eggs for breakfast, you might want to rethink the side of bacon or sausage. According to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer, eating 50 grams of processed meat — two slices of bacon or one sausage — every day can increase a person's risk of pancreatic cancer by 19 percent, reports the UK's Press Association. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden analyzed data from 11 studies, including a total of 6,643 pancreatic cancer patients. They also found that for every 100 grams of processed meat a person consumes daily, their risk of cancer goes up to 38 percent. That number goes up to 57 percent for every 150 grams a day, the Press Association says. The researchers add that further studies are needed to confirm their results.

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.