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Researchers Can Read Your Mind

Researchers in the UK have found a way to read your mind. The University College London team led by Eleanor Maguire, who published their study in Current Biology, showed 10 people three very short films each, and then scanned their brains using fMRI while the participants recalled the films. Then the researchers ran the data through an algorithm designed to identify brain pattern associated with memories of each of the films. They found that the patterns could be used to accurately predict which film each person was thinking of when they were scanned. According to the researchers, the results imply that the neuronal traces of episodic memories are stable and, so, predictable.

The Daily Scan is now slowly reaching for its tinfoil hat.

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.