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A Bigger Investment

Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire, is giving some $74 million to genomics research, building on a $65 million gift he gave in 2010, to the Broad Institute, according to Forbes and a press release from the Broad. The grant is to finance genomic research in non-European populations.

The program, called SIGMA, began in 2010 and brought the Broad together with the Carlos Slim Health Institute and the National Institute of Genomic Medicine of Mexico. The first phase focused on uncovering identify genes linked to cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease in Latin American populations — work that uncovered a diabetes risk variant, the Boston Globe notes— and the second one is to work on translating those findings to the clinic.

"I try to support this kind of project — that is for the interest of everyone in the world, but with some focus in Mexico and Latin America," Slim tells the Globe.

Forbes notes that Slim has also given money to train researchers in Mexico and Latin America.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.