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Tips for Writing that Manuscript

Over at The Scientist, experts give advice on how to make your manuscript a more enjoyable read. First, follow some age-old writing traditions such as sitting down for a set amount of time each day, say 15 to 30 minutes, to write and also reading what you've written out loud. "All our prose should move in the direction of being more conversational," says New Mexico State's Tara Gray, though she acknowledges that being too casual should also be avoided. Other tips include easing the reader into new concepts by starting with what's more familiar and then segueing to new ideas and making sure that each sentence follows logically from the one before it.

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.