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Adam Smith Would be Proud

On his blog, Building Confidence, Russ Altman suggests that scientists write their own summaries of genetic association studies for the public. He says there need not be a healthcare worker to help a person understand their genetic information (he calls that "paternalistic") if journal editors and authors would include summaries defining, in lay terms, the health significance of the alleles in the study and how that information relates to other genetic or environmental data. "Basically, I am proposing that we handle the issue of 'public education' by creating inexpensive and ubiquitous summaries of the health implications of genetic associations, peer review them, disseminate them widely and freely, and allow a market to emerge that helps individuals interpret their genome," Altman writes.

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.