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23andMe Overhead

If you're in the Silicon Valley area, take a look at the sky. TechCrunch's Michael Arrington says there is a 23andMe zeppelin flying around. He manages to get a video of it while driving his car -- the humor factor is well worth the viewing.


In related 23andMe news, the company drafted a bill that was introduced to the California State Senate by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Van Nuys) to exempt it and similar companies from regulations faced by other labs. The drafted legislation amends a code to distinguish between lab services and "bioinformatics services," says the San Jose Mercury News. 23andMe, then, would not need a license to operate in California.

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.