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Hooray for Hood

Leroy Hood has won the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, a $500,000 award for achievement in bioengineering, presented by the National Academy of Engineering, Xconomy reports. The National Academy of Engineering honors Hood "for automating DNA sequencing that revolutionized biomedicine and forensic science," and will present his award at a gala in Washington, DC on February 22.

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.