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Come Together

Between funding and technical considerations, there are plenty of reasons that some scientists choose to work together. At her blog, Candid Engineer in Academia dishes her top five reasons to collaborate. Working with others, she says, is "hands down, positively the best way to learn new skills." While collaborations encourage socialization, they also necessitate compromise: "Everyone is different, everyone plans differently, communicates differently, works differently," Candid Engineer says. "If you ever want to be a PI ... this is a great way to learn how to set and accomplish goals with others when you are not doing all of the research." While the best research ideas emerge and the most "innovative work is often done at the interfaces of sciences," at the very least researchers ought to collaborate because "misery loves company," she jokes.

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.