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In Charge

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says that by surrounding himself with people smarter than himself, he becomes a better leader. He tells the Washington Post that “one of my favorite quotes is from Woodrow Wilson: ‘I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.’” In addition, to keep people working at NIH from getting discouraged, the employees celebrate new advances. Collins says he thinks “it is helpful for employees to see concrete evidence that their work is leading to great things on a regular basis.” However, he does say he's concerned about recruiting younger researchers to the institute because they hear a lot about budget woes. “One of my challenges is to make sure that the message about the sustainability and future promise of biomedical research is coming across, even if we have to tighten our belts right now,” Collins adds.

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.