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And We Thought President Bush Made the Biggest Contribution

GrrlScientist posts a video at Living the Scientific Life of an interview with blogger Michael Bérubé, who says that academics who blog are contributing to the decline of Western culture. Whether or not he's joking is questionable, but his reasons for leaving his perch in the academic blogosphere are detailed in his own final blog post last January.

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.