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Merger Madness

As everyone is busy filling out their March Madness Brackets (and hoping that Duke loses), the Health Blog at the Wall Street Journal has come up with a bracket of their own, seeding pharmas against one another. Some of the results are already in -- Pfizer's taken down Wyeth and Roche's beaten Genentech -- but the winner of the "merger mania" isn't yet clear.

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.