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For HHS, Try, Try Again

Today President Barack Obama will announce his pick for head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. With a reputation as a consumer advocate, Sebelius takes the lead as second choice to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, says an article in the Wall Street Journal. While she's faced opposition from anti-abortionists for her pro-choice ideology (and supposed close connections to a Kansas doctor who performs late-term abortions), the administration doesn't really mind. "Administration officials have said they are not bothered by the complaints and note that any person chosen to lead HHS in the Obama administration will be a supporter of abortion rights," the story says.

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.