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New Editor, New System

Both The Scientist and Nature's The Great Beyond Blog are reporting that Mehar Manku will be the new editor-in-chief of Elsevier's controversial journal Medical Hypotheses. Manku, who has since 2004 served as a member of the journal's editorial board, "vows to maintain the journal's unusual aim of distributing novel, radical ideas in medicine and related biomedical sciences while employing a more traditional peer review process than the journal saw under its previous editor," according to The Scientist. In addition to his new role, Manku is the executive editor and editor-in-chief of Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, as well as a part-time chief scientist at biopharmaceutical firm Amarin Corporation, The Scientist reports. Manku says in a statement that the Medical Hypotheses team "will engage a medically qualified editorial board to get members more involved in the review system to help ensure radical new ideas and speculations in medicine are given open-minded consideration while ensuring scientific merit."

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.