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Many Pounds for Medical Research

While British chemists are worried about science budget cuts in the UK, medical researchers are getting a £800 million infusion of funding, reports The Guardian. The money, which will be spent over five years, will support research conducted by the National Health Service and its partners. One large award of £112 million is going to Imperial College and the Imperial NHS for bioengineering, cancer, and genetics studies. Health secretary Andrew Lansley says the funding is to support translational research that is "developing exciting new science into tangible, effective treatments that can be used across the NHS."

The Scan

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.

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.