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Congrats to All

Among the 16 new US Medal of Freedom awardees are three academics, points out the Chronicle of Higher Education. They are: the University of Chicago's Janet Rowley, who discovered the role chromosomal translocations play in leukemia and other cancers; Florida International University's Pedro Greer, Jr., for his work to provide medical care to Miami's poor; and the University of Cambridge's Stephen Hawking for his contributions to science and mathematics. Other notable recipients include Jack Kemp, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Billie Jean King, Harvey Milk, Sandra Day O' Connor, Sydney Poitier, and Desmond Tutu.

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.