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Genetic Testing! The Solution to All Your Parenting Woes!

PZ Myers got sent a link to My Gene Profile — the site's tagline is "Our Technology Spawned from Human Genome Project led by US Scientists. The Industry is Featured by CNN, CBS News." The video there says that their service can discover children's "inborn talents" and, from identifying that, customers' children will be happier and more confident and "parenting problems will disappear." Or as Myers puts it: "What you'll find there is a long video where the lowlife in a suit talks about how your children have in-built genetic biases."

Daniel MacArthur also caught wind of the site. He calls it "the most aggressively bad attempt at a genetic testing product I have ever encountered, coupled with a truly horrific attitude to parenting." He and Myers remind everyone that this is a scam.

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.