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A Million Vets

The US Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking a million veterans to volunteer to take part in its databank of genetic and medical information, reports the Baltimore Sun. Veterans and the VA system have especial appeal for this kind of research since there are veterans of a variety of ages, ethnicities, and medical histories. With this genetic and medical information, the VA plans to study what genes are linked to disorders like post-traumatic stress or heart disease, and develop preventive treatments. "We did tell them that this may not benefit them directly," says Joel Kupersmith, the chief research and development officer at the VA, to the Sun. "But vets are very altruistic people and they're likely to help if you tell them it will benefit someone else." About 51,000 people have agreed to participate thus far, the Sun adds.

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.