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The DNA Test Doesn't Always Clear Up Legal Woes

In the New York Times magazine coming out this weekend, Ruth Padawer examines the relationship between biological paternity and legal paternity. While DNA tests might establish the former, the law has quite a different take on the latter, she finds. "The scientific advance that was supposed to offer clarity instead reveals just how murky society's notions of fatherhood actually are," Padawer writes.

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.