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Does Science Need More Thinkers?

The Business Bytes Genes Molecules blog's Deepak Singh says the concept of "one scientific journal, one scientific community" could be worth a try. Singh quotes from Circle of Complexity's Pawel Szczesny, who writes that he would love to see the "one scientific journal, one scientific community" concept put into practice. Singh says the Web could have brought the various scientific disciplines together, were it not for the walls researchers put up in front of their data. Singh says the "fragmentation" in the sciences is an interesting thought, and that he is somewhere in the middle of the issue. Having certain skills is good, as is drilling deep into a certain subject, he says, "but we do have a tendency to put up artificial boundaries and silos." However, one thing he is sure of, he adds, is that science needs more "thinkers," people who can innovate and aren't limited to a particular field. "I am sure there are a few, but not enough," he says.

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.