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New EU Research Head Touts Innovation, Lack of Science Experience

Martin Enserink at ScienceInsider reports that Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the newly confirmed EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science, spoke with reporters on Wednesday and that she “promised to tackle all of the intractable problems in EU science policy — but she avoided going into details.” Geoghegan-Quinn, an Irish politician, acknowledged her lack of experience in science and science policy, according to Enserink, but maintained that it would be an advantage, saying “I have always said that a doctor should never be a minister of health and a lawyer should never be minister of justice. ... It’s better to look at things with a fresh mind.” ScienceInsider reports that in her new position, Geoghegan-Quinn will be key in developing Europe 2020, an initiative that aims to boost the EU economy through knowledge.

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.