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In This Case, Being Lucky Takes a Whole Lot of Work

Northwestern University's Richard Silverman and his work leading to the discovery and marketing of Pfizer's blockbuster, Lyrica, are profiled in this Chicago Tribune article. According to Silverman, who took one-fourth of the $700 million in royalties Northwestern made selling a portion of its rights to New York-based Royalty Pharma, finding a billion-dollar drug takes as much scientific curiosity as luck. "When it happens once, you figure it could happen again," Silverman said. "You need some luck."

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.