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Excuse Us, John and Barack, But Do You Have Time for a Cheek Swab?

Just when you thought you couldn't possibly learn more about the presidential candidates, here comes the Wall Street Journal to let you know that in future elections, DNA information may have a key role. The article says:

In the coming era of personal genomics -- when we all can decode our genes cheaply and easily -- political candidates may be pressed to disclose their own DNA, like tax returns or lists of campaign contributors, as voters seek new ways to weigh a leader's medical and mental fitness for public office.

The story quotes George Church as saying, "I would be shocked if Americans and people in other countries don't want this type of data" about political candidates. "These are real facts, just as real as bank accounts and the influence of political action committees or family members."

And speaking of George, here's an article from Tech Review about how stem-cell lines will be created from his and the other PGP participants' cells and made available worldwide.

 

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.