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Open Access and the US Legislature

The fate of whether the results of government-funded research should be freely available to the public is part of what's on the table as members of the US Congress meet to finalize the health and human services appropriations bill, reports the Washington Post. Proponents of the bill say that the public shouldn't have to pay for the research twice — first through taxes and then to the publisher. Opponents argue that open-access is experimental, will raise copyright issues, and will diminish profits. According to the Post, both the Senate and House committee chairs favor this change, though President Bush has threatened to veto the bill for budgetary reasons.

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.