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$100,000 Ain't Bad

A post at The Tree of Life from Jonathan Eisen reminds readers about the upcoming application deadline for grand challenge grants from the Gates Foundation. The initiative will dole out $100 million, with initial grants of $100,000 each, and anyone can apply for funding. Topics include protection against infectious diseases; low-cost diagnostics for global health conditions; advances in mucosal immunity; and new approaches to contraception. The deadline for the program is Nov. 2.

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.