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Madame President

MIT President Susan Hockfield has some advice for the young women of today: "If young women want to help invent the future — and change lives and change societies — there's no better way to do it than through science and engineering." In an interview with the Huffington Post's Matthew Dakotah, Hockfield credits the generations of women scientists who came before her with the advances being made by women in science today. In the 143 years since MIT's founding, women have gone from being a nearly non-existent presence at the school, to making up 47 percent of the school's undergraduates. And 85 percent of them — like the male students — will graduate with a bachelor's degree in science or engineering, Hockfield tells Dakotah. The goal, she adds, is for the makeup of the faculty to resemble the makeup of the student body — half women — and "to make sure that places like MIT and the enterprises of science and engineering and mathematics are open and welcoming to women and men and to people of all backgrounds."

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.