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Ancient Genomics Catches On

The speed at which researchers are embracing the study of the Neandertal and other ancient genomes is surprising even Svante Pääbo, writes Ewen Callaway at Nature News. Pääbo, from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, published both the Neandertal genome and the genome of the Denisovans, another group of archaic humans. And other researchers have taken up analysis of those genomes — for example, Callaway says that John Hawks from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has noted on his blog that Denisovans did not have red hair. Pääbo adds that he gets many e-mails asking about using ancient DNA. "Maybe we should write a little booklet called archaic genomics for dummies," Pääbo says.

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.