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James Watson and the Holy Grail

James Watson speaks with the UK's Telegraph about his quest for the "holy grail" of neuroscience, to use genetic research to uncover the cause of mental disorders and use that to treat and cure them. He says he is motivated by his son Rufus' schizophrenia, which has led him to be hospitalized, and Watson says that the decreasing cost of sequencing will make this work "feasible and affordable."

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.