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But Then What Would Pharma Do With All That Advertising Money?

This story in MIT's Technology Review profiles work underway at the University of Virginia to build a computer model that can accurately predict, based on gene expression analysis, which cancer drugs will be most effective for a particular patient. "The researchers are integrating the model into clinical trials to test whether it can be used to select the patients most likely to respond to a particular drug. They hope it will eventually be used routinely to help doctors quickly find the best treatment for cancer patients," according to the article.

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.