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May the Best App Win

Coming up at the end of this week is the deadline for the Binary Battle. Mendeley and PLoS got together to hold this contest to encourage the development of apps that science more open using Mendely or PLoS Application Programming Interfaces. And why participate? "The most important reason to build a science app, even if not with Mendeley or PLoS's APIs, is to do something awesome for the world instead of just the next music app," writes Jason Hoyt at Mendeley's blog. "Boosting the number of tools available to researchers using accessible data is the entire raison d'être." In addition, Mendeley's webpage says there is $16,000 in award money to be had. The deadline is September 30.

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.