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The Future of Science

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Discover Magazine invited 11 prominent researchers to share their views of what the next 30 years of science will bring. The Global Health Program's Tachi Yamada says he hopes access to life-saving technology will become more widespread, particularly for the poor. Biologist Ian Wilmut wants to be able to control degenerative diseases like Parkinson's and heart disease. Climatologist Ken Caldeira hopes we can start to produce a chemical fuel from sunlight, while neurologist Oliver Sacks says we should focus on figuring out the brain's functional aspects.

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.