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Halloween, Easter: Either Way There are Treats

Halloween got Keith Robison thinking about other candy-laden US holidays, such as Easter, which in turn made him think about Easter Eggs, those hidden finds inserted into computer applications and games. In turn, that reminded him of little gems of scientific interest found in a paper's supplementary online material or buried in a footnote. One such item Robison liked was a footnote to a multiplex sequencing paper by George Church that said the technology was being used to shotgun sequence Salmonella typhi and Escherichia coli. "What is the most interesting tangential information you have seen in an SOM?" wonders Robison.

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.