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The Coming of Open Science

Science Commons has an interview with Rufus Pollock, digital rights activist, economist at the University of Cambridge, and a founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation. He talks about how open access can help science flourish, and the next steps to make it happen. "I’d say that in terms of applying lessons from open source, the biggest thing to look at is data," Pollock says. Re-using and recombining code is the same as putting pieces of data together, he says, and the key to avoiding the "anti-commons problem" of everyone owning a different piece and not sharing really just boils down to openness.

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.