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C'mon, Wish Science a Happy Valentine's Day

DrugMonkey has a post on why he's a scientist, despite his -- and others' -- love/hate relationship with it. The passion for discovery and the pursuit of truth pretty much sums it up for him. He recounts one of his most vivid memories of grad school when, late one night in the lab, he was finally able to see a protein that he'd been working for months to visualize. "It was totes awesome!!!! I went running around the building trying to find someone to share the thrill with, and ended up dragging the janitor -- a buddy of mine -- into the room and forced him to look in the scope. That feeling is what we are all chasing."

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.