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New Jobs? We're There

A story at Wired's blog profiles Bay Area biofuel startup, Amyris, wondering whether the time is now to usher in the new green economy. Amyris has finished its pilot plant and hopes to scale up to producing 200 million gallons of synthetic biofuel a year at $2 per gallon by 2011. As the face of the "green revolution that President-elect Barack Obama and his administration hope will pull the U.S. economy out of recession," says the story. Amyris has its critics; these include nervous investors and groups like Ottawa-based ETC Group, which says that the biofuels industry will "eventually cause serious environmental damage -- by eroding and degrading soils, reducing biodiversity, and increasing food insecurity."

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.