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There's That Link Again


A World Health Organization working group says that the radiation emitted by mobile phones may cause brain tumors, reports Scientific American. The panel, made up of 31 experts from 14 countries reviewed the scientific literature to find that there was some, though limited, evidence linking mobile phone use to gliomas and noncancerous acoustic neuromas, and, as NPR's Shots blog notes, this conclusion is a bit of a surprise: a WHO study from last year said there was little evidence of a link between cell phones and brain cancer. (NPR also has a background sheet on cell phones and cancer risk here.) "The evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough to support a conclusion," said Jonathan Samet, who chaired the panel, in a statement. "There could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk."

The full report is to appear in Lancet Oncology in July.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.