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New Winners

The 2012 winners of Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation awards include the Carnegie Institution for Science's Donald Brown and Columbia University's Tom Maniatis, reports the Associated Press, which adds that the prize is worth $250,000.

Brown and Maniatis share the special achievement award for their genetic research as well as for giving back to the scientific community. Brown established and leads the Life Sciences Research Foundation, which helps fund postdoctoral fellowships, while Maniatis developed a manual for molecular cloning that "spread revolutionary technologies into a multitude of laboratories across the world," the Lasker Foundation adds.

Other Lasker award winners include the University of Pittsburgh's Thomas Starzl and Cambridge University's Roy Calne for their efforts in developing liver transplants, and Michael Sheetz at Columbia, Stanford University's James Spudich, and Ronald Vale from the University of California, San Francisco, for their work studying cytoskeletal motor proteins.

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.