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Places Postdocs Thrive

The Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Mass., the David J. Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, and the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia are the top three US institutions for postdocs, respectively, according to The Scientist's 2012 rankings.

Internationally, the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, earned first place, followed by the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna, Austria, and the Center for Molecular Medicine, also in Vienna, in that order.

"Our survey shows that postdocs are more content than ever," The Scientist says, adding that "today, postdocs have a markedly stronger support system, which is reflected in the noticeable rise in postdoc job satisfaction seen in our survey."

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.