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All in Favor

At his blog, PhysioProf discusses the difference between basic and applied research, adding that "even if you think that the only reason for doing science is to treat people, you should still be in favor of basic research." After all, discoveries made in the basic arena -- he points to small noncoding RNAs as an example -- wind up being used to try to treat people.

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.