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Infectious Disease Has Never Seemed So Personal

From the Economist, here's an article about how genomic variation affects people's immunity to infectious disease. In particular, the article follows scientists who believe they have found an example of "a disease that was thought to be purely infectious but which has turned out to be purely monogenic—that is, under the control of a single gene." Single genes appear to have such control in a number of diseases, including leprosy and herpes simplex, according to the article.

 

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.