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Focusing on the Underappreciated

At Science Progress, Estella Raulfs takes a moment to consider how to make research sustainable and begins with acknowledging the "Samaritans of science": research technicians. To stay globally competitive in science, this article argues, investment must be made to have a "sustainable and professional technical research workforce" by creating job stability, restructuring grants so that personnel and service contracts are emphasized when new equipment is being purchased, and developing degree programs for training technicians. On that last point, Raulfs says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act authorizes NSF to fund Professional Science Master's degrees to train workers "at the interface of science and business, industry, government, or communication."

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.