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Companies and charities that give money for research in the UK are warning universities that they won't fill the institutions' funding gap when the government enacts its proposed 25 percent budget cut, says The Guardian's Alok Jha. Wellcome Trust, which spends about £600 million a year on research, tells Jha that they can't function as a substitute for government. Already, researchers in the UK are worried about researchers leaving the country to work elsewhere if the government goes through with its proposed austerity measures, and now it seems as through charities like Wellcome Trust are also looking to invest more of their money abroad. "If major cuts do occur and the UK's university base starts to erode, charities and companies are likely to look elsewhere to invest their money," Jha reports.

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.