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Innovator Indeed

Stanford University's Stephen Quake has been awarded the Lemelson-MIT prize, reports Reuters. The $500,000 prize recognizes mid-career innovators. Quake has applied principles of physics to biology, and has worked on everything from chips for genetic research to sequencing his own genome to studying protein structures in Ebola and the H5N1 influenza virus. "I get interested in a scientific problem and often find a way to measure the thing I'm interested in," Quake says. "Often I find the measurement technique has different applications."

He adds that the prize money will likely go toward his children's college education.

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.